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Very small blueberry plant growing in culture in a test tube

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On the high-tech front, scientists are combining the use of test tube-grown plants (shown here) with DNA fingerprinting. Together, the methods significantly shorten the time it takes to identify critical new traits, like resistance to mummy berry disease or tolerance to harsh soils. This, in turn, can speed the delivery of profitable new varieties to growers—and a bountiful harvest of the beloved fruit to consumers worldwide.


Photo by Peggy Greb.


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