Trays of albion strawberries are on display at the Bob Jones Ranch fruit stand on Aug. 25, 2012 in Oxnard, Calif.
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July 2, 2014 The strawberry breeding program at the University of California, Davis, is a big money-earner. It's created a unique hybrid of the public and private breeding sector, and that's led to conflict.
The just-released Riverbelle is one of well over 100 new apple varieties to hit markets around the world in the past six years.
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October 9, 2013 Over the past six years, an estimated 130 new apple varieties have hit markets around the globe. And behind every crisp, tasty bite, there's a world of plant breeding — and decades of painful trial and error.
The Cotton Candy grape looks and smells like a regular green grape. But the taste will evoke memories of the circus.
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August 6, 2013 Grapes that taste like cotton candy? No, it's not a GMO experiment but rather the result of good old-fashioned plant-breeding techniques. One scientist has already brought these sweet treats to the market and hopes our grape choices will one day be as varied as our apple choices.
Notice how some of these tomatoes have unripe-looking tops? Those "green shoulders" are actually the keys to flavor.
June 28, 2012 Scientists have discovered that the gene that makes tomatoes uniformly ripe and red also makes them less tasty. But it's going to take consumer education and a willingness to pay more before the industry makes a change.
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