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Okanagan introduces biotech apples for food service industry use

Okanagan Specialty Fruits has introduced its biotech, non-browning Arctic apples recently during a Produce Marketing Association event. The apples have a 28-day shelf life, much longer than the standard 18- to 21-day shelf life of apples commonly found in the market. Gene silencing of the biotech fruit results in the reduction of polyphenol oxidase, the enzyme that causes browning when apples are bitten, bruised or sliced.

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