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.