This research project aims to further the scientific understanding of the effects of insertion of large amounts of DNA into plants.
<p>The organism to be studied is the processor tomato FM6203 as a model system in which the focus of the analytical screens will be the ripe tomato fruit.
<p>This approach has a two fold advantage:
<p>1. It focuses on a food item at the point at which it enters the food chain for processing or fresh consumption.
<p>2. It provides direct evidence of the influence of genetic background on the consumed product with respect to metabolic profiling.
This project is exploring the pleiotropic effects of transforming plants with large amounts of DNA and the effects on genetic stability that crossing and selection may have on such large insertions.
<p>Find more about this project and other FSA food safety-related projects at the <a href="http://www.food.gov.uk/science/research/" target="_blank">Food Standards Agency Research webpage</a>.