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Genetically Modified Flowers to Smell 10 Times Stronger

Scientists from Israel have discovered how to genetically enhance the scent of flowers by a factor of 10. The method could also lead to "extra-tasty" fruits and vegetables, since smell is a key factor in determining taste.

(c) Roderick Farrugia(c) Roderick FarrugiaAs Alexander Vainstein of Hebrew University explained, usually the intensity of a flower's scent depends on factors such as the time of day, the plant's age, and the weather. The new method can enhance a flower's scent during both day and night.

The researchers have patented the process, and hope to use it to strengthen Israel's $200 million flower industry.

via: Hebrew University

Comments
Oct 7, 2008
by Anonymous

GM flowers smell, but not in a good way.

We are already experiencing Mother Nature's wrath. Why make it worse? She doesn't like Frankenfood or Frankenflowers!