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Biotechnologists got success in making of “Blue Rose”

Biotechnologist got success in making of  “Blue Rose”

  • Recently after a long period of efforts biotechnologists got success in making of “Blue Rose” in the laboratory. Yes we may soon be able to breed “Blue rose” in our garden.
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World First “Blue Rose”  (Credit – indiatoday.in)

 

Actually biotechnologist have found a way to express pigment-producing enzymes from bacteria in the petals of a white rose.

The gardeners have been tried to breed blue roses for centuries but were ill-starred every time. Now, thanks to the modern biotechnology, it may soon be possible to breed blue roses in gardens.

Naturally there is no existence  of blue Roses. But the florists can produce blue-hued rose by placing cut roses in dye.

The Researchers of Chinese Academy of Sciences and Tianjin University wanted to develop a simple process that could produce a true blue rose. After a 20 years of painstaking efforts earlier biotechnologist got success in making of “Blue Rose” through a combination of genetic engineering and selective breeding.

Although the colour is short-lived and spotty, the Researchers said that the rose produced in this study is the world’s first engineered blue rose. They say that the next step is to engineer roses that produce the two enzymes themselves, without the need for injections.

According to a study published in the journal ‘American Chemical Society’ (ACS) Synthetic Biology, researchers chose two bacterial enzymes that together can convert L-glutamine, a common constituent of rose petals, into the blue pigment indigoidine. A tumefaciens is often used in plant biotechnology because the bacteria readily inserts foreign DNA into plant genomes. When the researchers injected the engineered bacteria into a white rose petal, the bacteria transferred the pigment-producing genes to the rose genome, and a blue colour spread from the injection site.

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