Beta-carotene rich pure line of tomato with yellow-orange fruit colour
Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) is the second most
consumed vegetable around the world with a production
of 159.02 mt from 4.73 mha area (Vanitha et al. 2013).
According to FAO, it is a part of healthy and balanced
diet with per capita consumption of 19 kg per year.
Tomato provides vitamins C and B with minor quantities
of E and A, minerals and carotenoids which acts as
antioxidants. According to FAO, Vitamin A deficiency is
public health problem in >118 countries. Tomatoes have
red colour carotenoid, it is not utilized biologically as
provitamin-A as is beta-carotene
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