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Feast Your Eyes: Strawberry Dust Devil Ballet

Watch this moment of unexpected beauty, as a mini-tornado lifts plastic sheeting off a strawberry field and twirls it through the air.

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This hypnotic video shows a mini-tornado lifting the plastic sheeting off a strawberry field and swirling it in the air. It is industrial agriculture's equivalent of the plastic bag scene in American Beauty—an unexpectedly beautiful ballet of polypropylene and thermal currents.

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Researchers Unveil the Woodland Strawberry Genome. Are Designer Fruits Next?

Researchers recently unveiled the genome of the woodland strawberry. That could transform the apples, apricots, and almonds of the future.

Researchers recently unveiled the genome of the woodland strawberry (Fragaria vesca), identifying 240 million base pairs that make up its unique flavor and nutrition. This genetic understanding could revolutionize fruits beyond just strawberries; the F. vesca genome is one of the smallest known hereditary codes in the Roseaceae family, a family encompassing thousands of varieties of apples, pears, quince, cherries, and raspberries. The woodland strawberry genome could serve as a starting point for understanding the genetic building blocks of many of the fruits we eat.

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