Scientists Finally Figure Out the Reasoning Behind Seedless Fruits

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Ever wonder why the banana's seeds are non-existent? And why some fruits, like grapes, are also seedless? Amazingly, so have scientists for decades--and one researcher from UC Davis has finally cracked the code

According to Scientific American, it's a genetic mutation that causes such type of fruits. "This study gives us the molecular basis for seedlessness, which is the first time this has been done for a fruit plant," says UC Davis molecular biologist Charles Gasser.

Cool thing about the story: it says the purpose for seeds--to eventually turn into a plant, sure, but also to tell the fruit via emitted hormones to start growing. As Mel Allen would say, how about that?!

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martha
martha

According to many views, seedless fruits are being brought out by scientists in the laboratory. Today in the market most fruits are seedless like pomegranates, grapes, oranges, watermelons  sweet limes, chickoos, mango etc.etc...They look good but are not healthier.  Today we have the best looking seedless fruits, vegetables, cereals in the market and the countless hospitals and doctors too.  Compare this day to 3 generations back who had one doctor in a village of 200 houses.  Today every lane has a doctor and every 2 km. is a hospital.

JoeJ
JoeJ

Silly me. I didn't realize this happened in nature. I figured seedlesness was bred by horticulturists, a product of our industrial society. Square tomatoes anyone?

Vincent Vuong
Vincent Vuong

Seedlessness is also a way for mother nature to kill off plants that are not good and tasty.  My mom used to grow a row of tomato plants and the best ones were the seediest ones.  The ones that tasted bad were the ones that grew with a deformation or without many seeds.  Of course, you can also make the argument that seedlessness also causes the fruit or vegetable not to mature correctly resulting in the deficiency of taste but I like my theory better.

Young John Yellowcake
Young John Yellowcake

I'm totally against seedlessness, whether foreign or domestic. Seedy foods make themselves appealing, because they want -- maybe, "need" is better -- to be devoured. The enticed diner then craps seeds all over the neighborhood and helps the next generation get going, complete with starter fertilizer.

Seedless varieties, on the other hand, neither need nor want to be eaten. Thus, they develop chemical and biological defenses that taste bad. Ever had delicious pork liver, calf's brains, or chitlin's? All seedless. Q.E.D.

I have spoken.

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