Wednesday, April 13, 2011

KinnowLS Orange

Scientists at the University of California at Riverside has developed a new orange: KinnowLS (the LS stands for low seeded)

The orange has been developed by mutation breeding of the mandarin variety Kinnow. It is slightly larger than a mandarin, with a thin, extremely smooth rind.

Professor Mikeal Roose, head of the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences and part of the team which developed the new fruit, said: 'People who like very sweet fruit are going to find ‘KinnowLS’ to be very appealing.

It is estimated the fruit could be on supermarket shelves in five years.

I am one of those who doesn't like orange as much due to the sour taste. 
I am not sure this is a good news or scary news...  The good part is that the new orange is sweet...  :9   The scary part is that it's a mutation...  What are the generic side effect of eating such orange? 
I am not sure the difference between "mutation" and "genetically engineered".  To me, both sounds bad for human health.


1 comment:

2pogi4u said...

I don't know what the difference is either.. I've been trying to find out the past hour.. :S