William and Mary Digest for Feb. 27

William and Mary Digest for Feb. 27

The science of a perfect strawberry

The old-fashioned strawberry is having a renaissance thanks to new genetic research.

“I always hear, ‘Oh these strawberries today aren’t like the ones from my grandma’s garden,’ ” said College of William and Mary assistant professor of biology Josh Puzey. “So we built a tool by sequencing its genome. Now we can drill down and understand how flavor is produced, how texture is produced, how size is produced. It will help us understand other crops, but one outcome would hopefully be that you could find strawberries in the store that actually taste like your grandmother’s strawberries.”

Puzey and two of his students joined a team of...