Less bitter Belgianendive and chicory by switching off the "bitter genes" using CRISPR/Cas9 technology.
Researchers have succeeded in creating chicory and endives that contain hardly any bitter substances. They did this by using the famous CRISPR/Cas9 technology to switch off only those genes that control the production of bitter substances in the plants.
Goal The machines that are currently available for slicing endives still require the outer endive leaves to be removed manually. In addition, inserting the endive heads into the machine is a very strenuous task for the operator.
Main research questionThe aim of the SENTINEL project was to build a Belgian network of botanic gardens and arboreta (BG&A) and diagnostic phytosanitary laboratories, for the survey and detection of (emerging) pests and diseases.
Belgian network and activities in the frame of the International Plant Sentinel Network (Euphresco-IPSN2): BePSN
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