On the Tomato Trail: Researchers Scour Remote Andean Deserts in Search of Wild Ancestors of Domestic Tomatoes. The Popular Fruit’s Future May Depend on Their Success

A chilean soldier was guarding a lonely garrison in the Attacama Desert near the Peruvian border when American geneticist Roger Chetelat and his field research team arrived there in 2005. The soldier obligingly provided what should have been straightforward directions to their destination: Follow the road beside the railroad tracks. As an afterthought, the sentry […]