Grape genome

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A group of French scientist revealed last week that they had sequenced the grape genome. A Pinot Noir to be more precise.

The Full analysis  of the more than 30,000 genes contained within the sequence, have revealed many that are responsible for flavour (tannins and terpenes) and could be useful for altering the taste, aroma of wine and increasing the resitance of grape vines to disease.

There lots of interest for the plant scientist here, but what about for the rest of you? Is there fear, distrust and scorn about the revolution of this age-old tradition? 

Wine is well on the way to being a ‘functional food’ that is designed and engineered to meet your requirements. So you better think about flavours you want on your palette now.

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1 Response to “Grape genome”


  1. 1 George September 12, 2007 at 10:54 pm

    Oh yes … the signs of the upcoming dark winter are upon us. The days are getting shorter, the temperatures are dropping and the danish apples appeared in the supermarkets!


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