MASSIMO BREGA, THE LIGHTHOUSE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY MASSIMO BREGA, THE LIGHTHOUSE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Genetic modification of vines. Researcher cultivating different varieties of vines in the laboratory. In the petri dishes one can see an embryonic callus of cells (fair) and embryos of vines under development (green). In vitro techniques can be used for example to produce varieties of grapes without pips. Seedless grapes present two distinct advantages. They eliminate the need for the consumer to de-seed the grapes prior to eating. And secondly, any seeds cracked during pressing result in an unpleasant tasting wine. Photographed in 2004.
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