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BTN LiveBIG: Rutgers goes back to the future with its distinctive tomato

You say “tomatoes.” I say … “Rutgers”? No, those aren’t the lyrics to the classic Gershwin brothers tune. But Tom Orton, a professor in the university’s Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, thinks the relationship between the school and fruit — both of which are characterized by bright red coloring — should be tied together in the public consciousness. And he’s doing work to both raise awareness of and continue the school’s legacy in tomato development. He makes a good case: Not only was there a “Rutgers tomato” variety, but it was ubiquitous in food production for several years. The