Solanum lycopersicum


Solanum lycopersicum is grown worldwide for its fruits. Tomatoes are native to South America, but were brought to Europe sometime in the 1500s, where they soon became popular and were exported around the world. For a long time tomatoes were known by the name Lycopersicon esculentum, but recent work by scientists has shown that they are really part of the genus Solanum - as Linnaeus recognised when he first described the species.

Sprawling or sub-erect short-lived herb, widely cultivated for its edible fruit. It is known as an occasional escape from cultivation. All parts of the plant covered in long viscid hairs. Leaves pinnatisect, divided to the midrib. Flowers in lateral raceme-like heads on long peduncles, yellow. Fruit - the well-known tomato - bright red when ripe.

In PAmiRDB, 147 miRNA from A.thaliana are scanned against viral genomes, in order to get insight into viral genome and miRNA intractions.

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