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posted on August 17, 2001

No salt salts like these tomatoes salt.

California researchers say they've created a tomato that grows and thrives in salty water. The discovery could lead to the cultivation of tomatoes in now-barren fields around the world.

Research at the University of California-Davis shows the tomato plants can grow in water containing 50 times more salt than normal. The fruit has three times as much salt as a traditional tomato, but it can't be tasted.

Scientists say the key to the bio-engineered tomato is a salt-fighting gene taken from a plant related to cabbage.

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