Biology Class 2015

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History of Strawberries

  • The Name Strawberry was derived from the berries that are "strewn" on the plants, and "strewn (scattered)" berry eventually became "Strawberry"
  • They are not berries or fruit at all, but they are the end of the plant's stamen.
  • Strawberry seeds are on the outer skin, instead of in the inner skin
  • There are in total of 200 seeds per berry
  • They are non-fat, are low in calories, rich in vitamin C, fiber, etc.....
  • Strawberries have been used in medicines over the years.
  • They have been used for sunburn, discolored teeth, digestion, and gout. (JANDUKE)
A Brief History of the Modern Strawberry

1. How is the organism genetically modified?

What is genetically modification?

  • Genetically modification changes the genes and the characteristics of the subject
  • For example, genetically modify strawberries so that they stay fresh for longer

How does it works?

  • When a scientist genetically modifies a plant, they insert a foreign gene in the plant's own gene
  • For example, this might be a gene from bacterium resistant to pesticide
  • The outcome is that the plant receives the characteristics within the genetic code
Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) - Myths and Truths

2. What is the purpose for the creation of the organism?

The purpose for the creation of strawberries are:

  • they can grow short period of time if they are genetically modified
  • can be more nutritious
  • keeps away bugs and insects
  • they can also grow in bigger sizes

3. What are the advantages of the organism to society and the environment?

Benefits of GM crops:

  1. Higher crop yields ( more strawberries for people)
  2. Reduced farm costs ( beneficial for farmers)
  3. Increased farm profit
  4. Improvement in health and the environment
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4. What are the disadvantages of the organism to society and the environment?

  • the taste of genetically modified strawberries does not taste as good as organic strawberries
  • genetically modified crops may cause threat to the environment because it is not a natural way to plant crops.
  • it can harm to other insects. For example genes and their effect included in a crop may turn out to be poisonous to insects (2014)
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