A team of scientists from Purdue University and the USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has developed a tomato that contains as much as three and a half times more of the cancer-fighting antioxidant lycopene. The development of the antioxidant-rich tomato happened by accident as the scientists worked on higher quality tomatoes for food processing that would ripen later. During this process they discovered that the new tomatoes also had significantly more of the antioxidant than conventional tomatoes.