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The Chemistry of Tomatoes

Date : 03/08/2011

Clip Length : 00:05:46

This NBC Learn video, one in a 6-part "Cheeseburger Chemistry" series, examines the role of the plant hormone ethylene, or C2H2, in ripening tomatoes (and other fruits); lycopene's connection to tomatoes' red color; and how ethylene gas diffuses.

The Chemistry of Tomatoes
Seeing Red: Weather Costs Tomato Industry

Date : 03/06/2010

Clip Length : 00:02:12

Colder than normal temperatures are putting the squeeze on Florida farmers profits and leaving consumers feeling the pinch in their budgets and on their plates.

Seeing Red: Weather Costs Tomato Industry
World Map of Main Tomato Producing Countries, 2010

Date : 01/01/2010

Clip Length : 1

World map showing main production regions for fresh tomatoes in 2010, in temperate zones close to the 40th parallels North and South. Source: Tomato News, tomatonews.com (2010)

World Map of Main Tomato Producing Countries, 2010
The Origin of Fruit Ripening

Date : 08/17/2009

Clip Length : 2

This 2009 "Scientific American" article summarizes the role of ethylene, a gaseous plant hormone, in ripening fruit by prompting the plant to produce several enzymes, including pectinases, amylases, and hydrolases. Source: Scientific American, August 17, 2009

The Origin of Fruit Ripening
How to Grow a Better Tomato: The Case Against Heirloom Tomatoes

Date : 03/30/2009

Clip Length : 3

This 2009 "Scientific American" article traces the history of genetic cross-breeding behind modern "heirloom" tomatoes, including experiments to breed for specific traits, including size, shape, and disease-resistance. Source: Scientific American, March 30, 2009

How to Grow a Better Tomato: The Case Against Heirloom Tomatoes
Scientists Catch Up to Mutant Tomatoes

Date : 05/20/2008

Clip Length : 1

This 2008 "Scientific American" article reports that two relatively recent mutations in the modern tomato plant account for cultivated tomatoes being 1,000 times larger than fruits produced by wild tomato plants. Source: Scientific American, May 20, 2008

Scientists Catch Up to Mutant Tomatoes
2007 Study: No Cancer Prevention from Lycopene

Date : 05/17/2007

Clip Length : 00:01:48

While earlier studies indicated a connection between lycopene, an antioxidant found in tomatoes and tomato products, and cancer prevention, a 2007 study shows no lower rates of prostate cancer in men with higher levels of lycopene in their diet.

2007 Study: No Cancer Prevention from Lycopene
Main Tomato Processing Countries, 2001-2010

Date : 01/01/2010

Clip Length : 1

Table showing, in millions of tons, tomato processing in the 11 largest processing countries (with California designating U.S. processing), between 2001 and 2010. Source: Tomato News, tomatonews.com (2010)

Main Tomato Processing Countries, 2001-2010
Tomato is 1st Genetically-Altered Food Approved by FDA

Date : 05/19/1994

Clip Length : 00:01:32

In 1994, a new "state of the art" tomato becomes the first genetically-altered food approved as safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Tomato is 1st Genetically-Altered Food Approved by FDA
Genetic Engineering of Tomatoes Is Fruitful, Says Company

Date : 09/02/1993

Clip Length : 00:03:33

In 1993, a biotech company introduces a tomato genetically-engineered to delay rot, thus allowing these tomatoes to ripen on the vine and, says the company, retain flavor.

Genetic Engineering of Tomatoes Is Fruitful, Says Company
Inventor of Note: Arthur Fry and the Story of  Post-it Notes

Date : 01/02/1990

Clip Length : 00:03:19

In this 1990 NBC News report, 3M company chemist Arthur Fry, co-inventor and developer of Post-it Notes, talks about the role of trial and error, success and flops, in inventing innovative products like mildly-adhesive notes that could be "permanently temporary."

Inventor of Note: Arthur Fry and the Story of Post-it Notes
Annual Tomato Use Per Person in 180 Countries, 1990-2007

Date : 07/01/2010

Clip Length : 4

Table showing, estimated use of kilograms of tomatoes, fresh and processed, used per person per year in 180 countries or regions of the world, from Egypt to Chad, from 1990 to 2007. Source: USDA, NASS

Annual Tomato Use Per Person in 180 Countries, 1990-2007
Chance Discoveries: Post-it Notes

Date : 03/04/2011

Clip Length : 00:03:02

This NBC Learn video, part of a series on "Chance Discoveries" in chemistry, tells the story of 3M chemist Spencer Silver, who in a lab experiment created a weak adhesive with no apparent practical use -- until a 3M colleague, Arthur Fry used it to develop the first Post-it Notes. (Photo of Dr. Spencer Silver courtesy of CU Heritage Center)

Chance Discoveries: Post-it Notes
U.S. Fresh Tomatoes: Acreage, Yield, Value, 1960 -2009

Date : 07/01/2010

Clip Length : 1

Table showing, year by year between 1960 and 2009, number of acres of tomatoes planted and harvested in the U.S.; yield and production (in cwt, or hundredweight); and per unit and total farm value (in U.S. dollars). Source: USDA, NASS

U.S. Fresh Tomatoes: Acreage, Yield, Value, 1960 -2009

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