01 April 1999
Scientists try to breed a better strawberry

CROP scientists plan to create a better-tasting strawberry using a number of different genes.

Researchers from Horticultural Research International will try to achieve this using conventional plant breeding methods rather than genetic modification.

The team plans to use “molecular markers” that indicate which varieties of the fruit produced by crossing have the required flavour genes.

Manipulating such genes by natural processes could produce useful fruit more quickly than genetic engineering.

  • The Independent 01/04/99 page 9
  • The Guardian 01/04/99 page 9 (News in Brief)