There are over 25,000 rose varieties in the shades of red, white, pink and yellow. Most traditional hybrid roses contain red pigments. Through genetic engineering, the world's first blue rose has been developed, opening the door to new rose varieties in shades of blue.
Suntory, a Japanese company, in cooperation with Florigene, an Australian biotechnology company, began work on a true blue rose creation in 1990.
The first blue rose was genetically engineered in 2004 and released for sale in the fall of 2009 in the Greater Tokyo, the Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe area and Aichi Prefecture areas of Japan.
The first blue rose has 100 percent blue pigment in its petals. The red pigmentation naturally found in roses has been suppressed.
Throughout the history of rose development, the color blue has been nearly impossible to achieve because roses lack a natural source of blue pigment.
The first blue rose is named "APPLAUSE" to congratulate its developers. The word applause rhymes with rose in the Japanese language.
- Introducing "Suntory blue rose APPLAUSE"
- Blue Roses
Suntory blue rose Applause, world's first true blue rose, genetically modified rose
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