National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO) and Suntory Global Innovation Center Limited (SGIC) announced that on August 4, 2017, they succeeded in developing the world’s first blue chrysanthemum.
Since there were no closely related species necessary for developing a blue chrysanthemum, traditional breed improvement such as crossbreed were not applicable.
Therefore, NARO and SGI successfully developed blue chrysanthemum by using a new method of introducing two kinds of genes that modify pigment.
This technology may be applicable to various flowers such as roses, carnations, lilies and dahlia.
The following patents relate to this technology.
- Japan patent number: 5697040
- Japan patent number: 5697041
- PCT/JP2016/069536 (Method for constructing chrysanthemum with blue flower color)