**Note on Genetic Modification and Genetic selection:
On the ride there is mention of both Genetic modification and Genetic selection.
Genetic selection has been around for centuries – the seeds from the healthiest, highest yielding plants are selected for the next growing crop. Natural breeding method.
Genetic Modification – Is the plant being modified by scientists to produce the best yielding plant. Manipulation of a genes of an organisim(strictly an example of Genetic Modification: Jelly fish DNA with Corn – so that it sheds water easier when it rains).
There are mixed opinions on this topic……..
It looks like a great ride!
This is one of the better videos that I came across for the land Pavilion Greenhouse Tour:
Here’s what was presented on the tour:
The Tropics has the greatest diversity of fruits on the planet
ex: Coffee, rice, bananas, cacao.
Types of Plants adapted to growing in less than ideal conditions.
Fluted pumpkin – edible seeds and leaves, thrive in the poorest soil conditions in Africa – potential staple for millions of people.
Dragon Fruit – Cactus Family, rich in antioxidants
There could be new plants in the future that are just as popular as a Banana is today.