Molecular genetics of tomato fruit ripening

Trends Genet. 1993 Dec;9(12):438-43. doi: 10.1016/0168-9525(93)90108-t.


Tomato ripening is an excellent system for studying control of gene expression in plants. A multiplicity of well-defined biochemical and genetic changes occur in a precise sequence, regulated by a gaseous hormone. The generation of targeted mutations using sense and antisense genes provides a means of manipulating endogenous gene expression, both for answering fundamental questions and for crop improvement.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Gene Expression
  • Vegetables / genetics*