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Tastier Tomato, Tougher Rice Sought From Genetic Data

The tough but unpopular cousins of two favorite food crops have yielded their genetic secrets. Hardier, tastier tomatoes and more resilient rice for a hungry planet are among the goals. In two reports in the journal Nature Genetics, scientists have published the genomes of African rice and a wild relative of the tomato. There are good reasons why these two never really caught on the way their better-known kin did. The Asian species of rice is more productive and easier to process...

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