Horticulture Research

Genetics aid kiwifruit gender reveal parties

Since only female kiwifruit produce fruit, horticulturists have been looking for ways to find out whether their plant babies are boys or girls – but usually this relies on waiting for them to grow up.

Now researchers from Plant & Food Research have found a way to use genetics to determine the sex of kiwifruit plants.

They hope to use this to screen seedlings so they can get rid of the male plants earlier, so they don’t have to waste time and water waiting to find out.

Source: Plant and Food Research, University of Auckland, Kyoto University, Japan