New! The 24-Hour Tomato

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Sadly, we’re not talking about a tomato that grows to maturity in 24 hours, but instead one that can soak up full light 24/7.

Why is this so exciting?

Most tomato plants require full sun, but they can’t take more than about 18 hours of light. And while it’s primarily a concern for commercial growers, scientists have developed a variety of tomato that can thrive without the dark of night.

Why does this matter? The plants that could handle more light also produced 20 percent more fruit.

Read more: Scientists Develop a Tomato Plant That Can Grow All Night from Los Angeles Times