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szdaily -> Tech and Science -> 
Scientists create nine new breeds of carrot 
    2017-04-26  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

    Nine new breeds of carrot including a super orange variety have been developed by Japanese scientists.

    One breed, called “Amelie,” has been bred to have extra carotene* — the pigment that makes carrots appear bright orange. Japanese carrot-seed breeder Taro Takagi developed the new vegetable varieties using selective breeding.

    Selective breeding is a well-known method in agriculture where plants or animals with favorable characteristics are bred over many generations.

    The daughter plant or animal of this process is likely to show an exaggerated version of this favorable trait.

    Using selective breeding, Takagi developed nine carrot varieties including “Christine,” which grows in the shape of a perfect cylinder and thrives in the cold. Another, called “Emma,” is resistant to the fungal disease black rot. “We have to convince the farmers that our carrots have better yield and better disease resistance, that they should pay more for added value,” said Vincent Supiot, chief executive of Mikado Kyowa, who produce the seeds.

    (SD-Agencies)

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