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Has this plant been genetically modified?. All modern roses originate from the wild dog rose. Plant breeders have produced new roses with more flowers,

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1 Has this plant been genetically modified?

2 All modern roses originate from the wild dog rose. Plant breeders have produced new roses with more flowers, larger flowers and smellier flowers. Plans are under way for roses without thorns. Yes! Image from Paul F. Brain © University of Wales, Swansea. Image courtesy Centre for Bioscience, the Higher Education Academy, ImageBank Dog rose

3 Has this plant been genetically modified?

4 In 5000 BCE, the average corn cob was 3 cm long. Genetic modification has produced corn that is much larger – and juicier. Yes! Corn has become a lot bigger over the last 7000 years! Image from Agriculture, University of Reading © University of Reading. Image courtesy Centre for Bioscience, the Higher Education Academy, ImageBank

5 Has this plant been genetically modified?

6 This is a frost-proof tomato. It contains a gene from a fish! It contains a gene that makes antifreeze proteins to protect it against the cold. This gene comes from the Arctic flounder, a fish that lives in very cold water. Yes! Image courtesy of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration / Department of Commerce. Arctic flounder

7 Has this plant been genetically modified?

8 This is a beetle-proof potato! It contains a gene that makes a poison that kills the Colorado potato beetle. This gene comes from a tiny bacterium called Bacillus thuringiensis. The potatoes are safe for people to eat. Yes! Image courtesy of Scott Bauer, US Agriculture Research Service, US Department of Agriculture. Colorado potato beetle

9 Has this plant been genetically modified?

10 These beans come from a soybean plant that can survive droughts! It contains a gene from another plant, thale cress, that helps the plant to develop a better root system. Yes! Images courtesy of US Department of Agriculture. Soybean (left) and thale cress (right)

11 Has this plant been genetically modified?

12 This golden rice can help to prevent children from going blind! It contains genes that help to make vitamin A. Almost 500,000 children lose their sight every year as a result of vitamin A deficiency (VAD). Yes! Image courtesy of Peta Holmes. VAD across the World

13 Have these plants been genetically modified?

14 Yes! Wild cabbage They all have! They are all forms of the same plant. Cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli have been developed from the same ancestor – wild cabbage.

15 Has this plant been genetically modified?

16 No: this is a normal potato

17 Has this plant been genetically modified?

18 No: this is a normal tomato


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