A researcher at Michigan State University is leading an international team of scientists to improve the quality of several fruit varieties. The $14 million dollar project will apply newly mapped genetic information to the breeding of cherries, apples, peaches and strawberries.
More than twenty years ago, Amy Iezzoni chose to study cherries because not much work was being done with the fruit, and she thought her work could make an impact. This week, the Cherry Industry named their Person of the Year for 2010. At heart, she says, she's basically a plant breeder.
Listen to the audio above for IPR's conversation with Amy Iezzoni.