Fruits’ past, and future, with biotechnology

Farmers have been conventionally breeding fruit for 1,000 or more years. Mutation breeding, which uses chemical or radiation agents to mutate fruit DNA, has been used since the late 1920's. Biotechnology enhanced fruits have been bred, produced and consumed for more than 15 years. Several biotech fruit varieties have already been successfully commercialized, including disease-resistant papaya. Work is also underway in melons, strawberries, kiwi, pineapple, mango, banana and other fruits.

Now, Okanagan Specialty Fruits is using agricultural biotechnology and genetic engineering tools to create new fruit varieties.

Our corporate focus is to work with plant traits that would be impossible or extremely difficult to introduce through conventional breeding. Recent outputs from tree fruit genomics programs now provide us with candidate genes to make this type of molecular breeding possible. 

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