[20 July/Euro Fruit]

CRISPR breeding technologies have the potential of making fresh produce more appealing and healthier. In a new paper, researchers discuss the ability to fast breed with CRISPR gene editing to create an array of superior fruit and create the next green revolution. It does not rely on the addition of new DNA sequences, but allows scientists to edit already existing genes. New Zealand Institute Plant & Food Research spokesman, Andrew Allan, said if the eating experience was good consumers would purchase again, and that choice was the key. As an organisation PFR are focused on MYBs, genes that regulate compounds that generate fruit or vegetable colour. The compounds are also associated with health benefits such as lowering cardiovascular disease or acting as vitamins. CRISPR could also help improve the nutritional makeup of produce.