Strawberry researchThis article was originally published in Foodnews
THE UK's Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is funding a project to develop a climate change resistant strawberry variety. Scientists at East Malling Research are developing varieties of strawberry that are better able to cope with the predicted effects of climate change, particularly higher summer temperatures and less rainfall. The new varieties will require less water to grow and need fewer chemical inputs. Defra said: "These new strawberries are being bred by crossing robust UK and foreign lines that contain desirable traits such as disease resistance, high productivity and temperatures tolerance. The new strawberry varieties are then being trialled in the field and assessed on six characteristics: yield, fruit size, taste, shelf life, percentage waste and disease resistance."