Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Pinot Noir Sequenced

From Discovery Channel News:
Italian researchers have cracked the genetic code of the grapevine, the first fruit genome to be mapped and a development that likely will change the future of wine-making, they announced at a news conference in Trento. The grape variety sequenced was Pinot Noir, which becomes the second food crop to be sequenced, after rice. Among the first vines to be domesticated about 2,000 years ago, the grape is grown around the world, but thrives in the Burgundy region of France.
Via the Biotech Weblog.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am glad to see the Italians have their priorties in order. Were they to choose a Burgundy or Cab grape I would have been sorely dissapointed. While some of my friends appreciate a "Republican Glass of Wine" that is a heavy Cab, this right wing kook appreciates the nuance of the Pinot Grape.

Thank you for the update.