Explaining the Purple Tomato

In 2022, exciting news broke of Norfolk Plant Sciences’ purple tomato and its USDA approval. Beyond citing the tomatoes’ high antioxidant levels, how can plant biologists best explain how this superfood was made and how it works? ASPB Plantae Fellow Yen Peng Apple Chew prepared infographics to help both scientific and non-scientific audiences understand the modifications that occurred to bring us the purple tomato and how the health benefits work.


About the Author:

Yen Peng (Apple) Chew is currently a 4th year PhD student at the University of Edinburgh and a 2023 Plantae Fellow. She works on developing CRISPR gene editing technologies in green microalgae Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. You can find her on Twitter at @_applechew.