Food-Magazine:Genetically Modified Seedless Fruits
All fruits have seeds. The seedless varieties are the ones that are either genetically modified, crossbred, or grown by cutting or grafting the plant.
From seedless watermelons, bananas, pineapples, oranges to grapes, today, a pomologist or horticulturist can produce fruits without a trace of seeds, by using a number of ways ranging from tissue culture, parthenocarpy, stenospermocarpy, grafting, to budding methods. Seedless fruits are mainly produced by using grafting or cutting methods. In the grafting technique, a shoot or bud is joined to a growing plant by insertion or attachment, and once the flowers bloom, they are sprayed with plant hormones, such as gibberellic acid (GA3), cytokinin or auxin, to ensure that no seeds are formed. On the other hand, parthenocarpy is when a fruit is developed without the fertilization of ovules, and stenospermocarpy is when pollination and fertilization take place but does not produce any mature seeds, as the seeds get aborted at an early stage. Tissue culture is another process of propagating tissues of either cells or plants in an artificial environment, where it continues to survive and function. This method is mainly used to duplicate seedless oranges, cucumbers and bananas.
Seedless watermelons and cantaloupe have a complicated propagation method. They are grown from crossbreeding a normal watermelon or cantaloupe seedling, which consists of two sets of chromosomes with a tetraploid that consists of four sets of chromosomes to produce a triploid plant, that has three sets of chromosomes. Meiosis does not take place as it has only three sets of chromosomes, where one set does not have a matching set to pair with, and so does not produce fertile gametes. A diploid plant is still needed in the vicinity to pollinate the triploid plant and stimulate fruit development without fertilization, and produces fruits without seeds.
List of Fruits Without Seeds
These were some genetically modified fruits that are readily available in the market today. Scientists are also working on many other fruits like mangoes, custard apple, pomegranates, kiwi, and many more. The Thompson grapes, navel oranges, seedless bananas, and watermelons, in fact, make up over half the United States fruit market. Moreover, countries all over the world are busy cultivating these modern seedless fruits, for they are considered economically valuable, easier and more enjoyable to consume.