Scientists have discovered a single gene that could turn hybrid tomato plants into super producers, which could lead to genetically modified tomatoes in the future.

However, researcher Zachary Lippman of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York said the study also showed that using classic plant-breeding techniques can boost yield as dramatically as using genetically modified organisms.

Lippman, along with colleagues, reported in the journal Nature Genetics that the mutation in one copy of the gene boosted tomato yield by up to 60 percent and increased sugar content.

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