The genome (or DNA to the rest of us) for the Rose has now been fully sequenced. This should pave the way for a better understanding of the breeding processes for these ornamental flowers. In addition it should open up the possibilities of new varieties of Rose.

Roses are some of the most well known and common ornamental plants across the globe, and have been cultivated for centuries by societies from the Mediterranean to China.

Modern roses are actually descended from a handful of around 150 species that exist in the wild. From these, breeders have created thousands of varieties with a range of characteristics that we enjoy in our parks and gardens and of course our bouquets.

It's take almost a decade of fine-tuning techniques to complete the project, but the end result was one of the most complete plant genome sequences ever produced.

I guess the big question however is whether the world really wants genetically modified flowers, only time will tell.



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