Did you know how a tomato defend itself ? Amazing

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One of summer’s most enjoyable treats is a big, juicy tomato. But consider this the next time you’re in the garden.

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Behind the blushing appearance of tomatoes lies a chilling tale of death and deceit.

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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.

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When provoked, by caterpillars for instance, they manufacture toxic chemicals that spell double trouble for the intruder.

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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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