The Genetically Engineered “Rosé” Pineapple

On Dec, 14th the FDA gave the go-ahead for the strain of pineapple genetically engineered to be pink, which was found to be “safe and nutritious.”

The pineapple will be grown in Costa Rica. The company will label it “Extra Sweet Pink Flesh Pineapple.”

delmont

“(Del Monte’s) new pineapples has been genetically engineered to produce lower levels of enzymes already in conventional pineapple that convert the pink pigment lycopene to the yellow pigment beta carotene. Lycopene is the pigment that makes tomatoes red and watermelons pink, so it is commonly and safely consumed,” the US-FDA said. [concept central]

The company has altered the fruit to “overexpress” a gene derived from the tangerine and to suppress other genes, increasing accumulation of lycopene, a natural chemical, according to its submission to the USDA.

The plant’s flowering cycle has also been changed to provide for more uniform growth and quality. Capital Press

trials with GM pineapple

Worldwide
USA 6
Period 1997-2006
Traits Viral and nematode resistance, maturation deferment , modified sugar content and blossom time.
Additional countries Australia

GMO Compass

“To achieve its novel fruit color, Del Monte Fresh has altered expression of genes involved in lycopene biosynthesis to increase levels in edible tissues of pineapple fruit,” according to Del Monte’s request. “The genes of interest are derived from edible plant species, pineapple and tangerine.” The Packer

Pineapple plant named ‘Rosé’
US PP25763 

 

 

 

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