Here is a new procedure for the efficient transfer of specific DNA sequences into the genome of strawberry. Researchers at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) and the Department of Horticulture in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech have developed it.
To introduce DNA into the woodland or alpine strawberry Fragaria vesca, the scientists have used Agrobacterium tumefaciens, nature’s genetic engineer. This method helps researchers establish the function of large numbers of strawberry genes. And it could, in the long term, be extremely useful in enhancing the nutritional value of these plants as well as the amount of health-enhancing antioxidants that they may contain.