Most apple varieties have white flesh, but scientists at Plant & Food Research (PFR) are developing a new apple with red skin and red flesh. Apart from novelty value, these apples may also have health benefits. New apple varieties in New Zealand are developed through selective breeding. However, breeders can now use genetic information to make the breeding process faster and more efficient.

Breeding red-fleshed apples - Find out how and why a red-fleshed apple variety is being bred in New Zealand, and discover how genetic information, consumer research and sensory science are all involved.

Selective breeding creates easy care sheep -   Selective breeding is the method chosen by scientists to develop the easy care sheep. It’s an ancient technique, used by farmers to improve their livestock since the early domestication of animals and well before the discovery of DNA.

Easy care sheep - Easy care sheep, developed by AgResearch, have been selectively bred to be more productive and less labour-intensive for farmers. This focus story reveals more about these sheep and why they were developed.

Life of a green-lipped mussel -   Green-lipped mussels are endemic to New Zealand. They make their home on rocks and solid surfaces around New Zealand’s coastline.

Life of a green-lipped mussel - Green-lipped mussels are endemic to New Zealand. They make their home on rocks and solid surfaces around New Zealand’s coastline.

Living Cell Technologies (LCT) is a New Zealand company at the forefront of xenotransplantation research. In this focus story, explore why and how they’re using pig cells to treat disease.

TEACHING RESOURCES: Pig cell transplants - Living Cell Technologies (LCT) is a New Zealand company at the forefront of xenotransplantation research. In this focus story, explore why and how they’re using pig cells to treat disease.

Transgenic cows -   Scientists at AgResearch in New Zealand have successfully produced healthy transgenic cows that make modified milk or human therapeutic proteins in their milk.

TEACHING RESOURCES: Transgenic cows - Scientists at AgResearch in New Zealand have successfully produced healthy transgenic cows that make modified milk or human therapeutic proteins in their milk.

DNA barcoding is being used to help discover, identify and distinguish species.

DNA barcoding is being used to help discover, identify and distinguish species.

Learn about a range of DNA-based laboratory techniques  used to study individual genes and whole genomes.

DNA lab - A range of DNA-based laboratory techniques used to study individual genes and whole genomes.

Gregor Mendel’s principles of inheritance were based on his experiments with peas in the 1860s. 150 years later, scientists have identified the gene for Mendel’s pea flower colour.

Gregor Mendel’s principles of inheritance were based on his experiments with peas in the 150 years later, scientists have identified the gene for Mendel’s pea flower colour.

Improving enzymes to help fight cancer video clip.

Improving enzymes to help fight cancer video clip.

Zebrafish make a difference -   Dr Don Love and his team are using zebrafish as a research tool to study heritable diseases such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Zebrafish make a difference - Dr Don Love and his team are using zebrafish as a research tool to study heritable diseases such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy.


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