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.
However, the current status of Belgian B. tabaci populations is not well-known, with, according to the EPPO, only a restricted distribution of B. tabaci in Belgium while being widespread in the Netherlands.
Assessing the risk of whitefly transmitted viruses for Belgian crops