One of summer’s most enjoyable treats is a big, juicy tomato. But consider this the next time you’re in the garden.
Behind the blushing appearance of tomatoes lies a chilling tale of death and deceit.
When you reach in to pluck that beefsteak off the vine yourself, you engage the plant’s primary defence mechanism
To avoid being eaten, tomatoes have an inbuilt defence response.
When provoked, by caterpillars for instance, they manufacture toxic chemicals that spell double trouble for the intruder.
Not only do these chemicals poison the caterpillars directly, but they also set off the production of attractants that lure in parasitic wasps - the caterpillars’ worst enemy.
Cells on hairs at the surface of tomato plants express the AT2 gene.
This gene activates the enzyme Aacyltransferase2, which synthesizes a class of natural pesticides called acyl sugars, found in both cultivated tomatoes and their wild Andean relatives.
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