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Published 22 September 2023

Fruit that bears no tree

Scientists at Plant & Food Research are exploring the production of fruit from lab-grown plant cells, bypassing the need for traditional trees or vines.

Experiments are already underway with blueberries and some stone and pome fruit including, apples, cherries, and feijoas, aiming to create nutritious, appealing, lab-grown alternatives.

This technology falls under cellular horticulture which seeks to make food production more resource-efficient and environmentally friendly. The research could also improve traditional horticultural practices and contribute to urban food supply solutions.

The aim isn’t to replicate an existing food (or create the next tofu-bacon) but create an entirely new product with unique, desirable qualities.

Plant & Food see a future in the unknown, but will consumers see it the same way?