"UK: "New black tomato at Marks & Spencers"

While geneticists are still busy with tests, super markets in Great Britain are already bringing purple/black tomatoes, with increased amounts of antioxidants, onto the market, reports the German website keine-gentechnik.de. Since the beginning of June, the fruits have been available at 'Marks and Spencer'. The tomatoes are being grown from old varieties in traditional ways.

Tomatoes from the strain 'Indigo Rose' have more anthocyanins, dyes that give the tomato it's darker color and have an antioxidant effect. Damage from free radicals is decreased with this strain. Geneticists are also working on similar fruits. The British 'John Innes Centre' are testing purple genetically modified tomatoes in Canada, although these will most likely not hit North American markets for at least two years.

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