A white button mushroom genetically changed, so it turns brown more slowly – thus having a longer shelf life–is on track to being sold in the United States. And that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has said it won’t regulate the mushroom as it does other genetically engineered (GE) changed organisms is seen as paving the way to the market for many more such products.,chestnut mushrooms,brown mooshroom.
The anti-browning trait in this mushroom was introduced via science’s hot new tool CRISPR–Cas9, a promising but controversial gene-editing technique. Unlike some other forms of genetic modification, CRISPR does not introduce any foreign genetic material, it changes pre-existing genes. Here, Penn State University researcher Yinong Yang used it to provide an anti-browning trait that improves appearance and shelf life, and facilitating automated mechanical harvesting in the common white button mushroom (Agaricus bisporus).
In a letter to Dr Yang, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), which regulates certain GE organisms that are or could be plant pests, noted the mushrooms don’t contain introduced genetic material and are unlikely to be plant pests and thus won’t be subject to this regulation. They may, however, be subject to control by other regulatory authorities such as the FDA or EPA, it said brown mushrooms.
According to Billy Roberts from market intelligence agency Mintel, the mushrooms show the speed of advancements in the genetic modification arena, while also providing a serious challenge to regulatory agencies, and could change the GMO debate in the US. Roberts said research shows consumers want to know if foods have GM ingredients and significant numbers show that they seek GMO-free claims on foods they buy brown mushrooms.
Button mushrooms are a young Agaricus bisporus which are small, white and have a tightly closed cap. The inside of the cap is a light purple to light black. All year round brown mooshroom.
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