Vibrant Strawberries!

As Spring brings a promise of fruit at the market, you may be wistfully longing after vibrant strawberries and other fruits.  For those who can't find strawberries in their area just yet, science is bringing better strawberries to American supermarkets soon. Charting the woodland strawberry's genome will help farmers make cheaper strawberries that taste great. The more sugar a strawberry has, the harder it is to ship. Breeding sweet strawberries that ship better is one way that genetic research can help strawberry farmers. Rather than genetically modifying strawberries, farmers will use the genetic information to slowly influence strawberry characteristics across generations.

Strawberry genomics are making bland supermarket fruit more delicious. To read about the hunt for strawberry genes, click here.