Are bananas GMO's

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I was researching into extracting seeds from banana and I was stunned to know that these commercial bananas that we eat don't have the seeds that can grow a banana out of. So the real original bananas have big seeds . Does that mean that bananas these days are genetically modified??

Posted by: reem (9 points) reem
Posted: July 29, 2015


No. Bananas are not genetically modified*

They have undergone extensive selective breeding which is the reason the seeds are small. They do have seeds. This is from our Banana Page https://www.plantvillage.com/en/topic...
The seeds are tiny black specks running through the center of the fruit. In commercial plantations, the parent banana plant dies after harvest and is replaced with a daughter plant.
Banana plants are vegetatively propagated, most often from suckers (shoots that grow from a bud at the base of the plant) or from corms (underground bulbs known as rhizomes). The use of whole corms is very laborious so it is more common to grow from small pieces of corm.

*I mean it in the strict sense which I think you do too.
"Genetic engineering, also called genetic modification, is the direct manipulation of an organism's genome using biotechnology. It is therefore a set of technologies used to change the genetic makeup of cells, including the transfer of genes within and across species boundaries to produce improved or novel organisms. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetic...

Here are a list of which crops are Genetically Modified https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetic...

Posted by: David Hughes (55 points) David Hughes
Posted: July 29, 2015

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