Solanum lycopersicum (Tomato, SOLLC) | BCH-ORGA-SCBD-12079 | Organism | Biosafety Clearing-House

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Organism (ORGA)

published: 04 Apr 2006 last updated: 27 Feb 2014
Organism information
Solanum lycopersicum
Kingdom Plantae
Phylum Magnoliophyta
Class Magnoliopsida
Order Solanales
Family Solanaceae
Genus Solanum
Species Solanum lycopersicum
  • Lycopersicon lycopersicum
  • Lycopersicon esculentum
  • Tomato
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  • SOLLC
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Crops
Domesticated
Characteristics related to biosafety
Generally considered to be native to Central and South America (specifically the Andes mountains)
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  • Food
Additional Information
The tomato is a short-lived perennial plant, grown as an annual plant, typically growing to 1-3 m tall. The fruit is an edible, brightly coloured (usually red, from the pigment lycopene) berry, 1-2 cm diameter in wild plants, commonly much larger in cultivated forms.  Tomato is a very widely grown plant that is generally regarded as safe and does not have weedy or invasive properties. It is generally considered that the domesticated tomato is incapable of persisting or thriving in unmanaged environments, and tomato is regarded as an inbreeder. Tomatoes contain small quantities of natural toxins, including tyramine, seratonin, tryptamine and tomatine (in unripe tomatoes). The levels of these are not considered hazardous in present commercial varieties.
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