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February 05, 2008

The World's First Blue Rose...

Blue_roseartificially_coloured_2 A truly blue rose has been the ultimate aspirations of rose breeders since 1840, when the horticultural societies of Britain and Belgium offered a prize of 500,000 francs to the first person to produce a genuinely blue rose. The feat wasn’t easy, but the company that created them is hoping it will be worth it.

It took 14 years of study with Japanese and Australian researchers to create the world’s first blue rose. Sometimes, it seems, Mother Nature just doesn’t want to budge. It was finally accomplished by implanting the gene that leads to the synthesis of the blue pigment Delphinidin in pansies. This pigment does not exist naturally in roses. The rose is the first in the world with the genetic potential to produce 'true blue' roses, spanning the spectrum from baby blue to navy.

The Suntory rose is also historic for another reason. It is potentially the first commercial plant in the world to exploit RNA interference (RNAi) technology. RNAi technology is used for research and development across the biological and medical sciences. The Japanese company that created the genetically modified blue roses, will start selling them commercially next year. Suntory Ltd, also a major whisky distiller, hopes to sell several hundred thousand blue roses a year, company spokesman Kazumasa Nishizaki said.

"As its price may be a bit high, we are targeting demand for luxurious cut flowers, such as for gifts,'' he said.

The exact price and commercial name for the blue rose, which was first created in 2004, have still not been decided. The company is now growing the rose experimentally in Australia and the United States to get approval for sales.

If all goes well, next year’s Valentine lovers will have a new, rarer, option for those who feel red is getting a little predictable.

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Comments

IVE KNOWN A GIRL FOR SOME TIME NOW... I JUST KINDA REUNITED WITH HERE AND JUST DECIDED TO ASK WHAT HER FAVORITE COLOR IS...AND SHE SAID BLUE SO I STARTED LOOKIN FOR BLUE ROSES. I KEEP FINDING THE BLUE ROSES THAT ARE DYED BLUE. IM READING YOUR STORY ON THE BLUE ROSE AND ITS SAYIN THAT THIS IS A REAL BLUE ROSE. IS IT? AND HOW MUCH DO THEY GO FOR. IM TRYIN TO DO THIS FAST SO LET ME KNOW ASAP. THANKS

That's incredible.

It's just like out of a fairy-tale.

Or that silly play where his little sister can't say 'pleurosis', and it comes out 'blue roses'. Glass Minagre, I think...

YOU SICKEN ME!! my dad had that idea for almost 45 years. it's his birthday saturday and now i have to break it to him that all that hoping for that long was wasted. btw its not natural. tampering with genetics doesn't use real things. all metal contamination and such. i hope the business crumples, burns, and get washed away never to return. and i dont care what you say about me. or think or spread rumors i really dont care for fans of poor quality fakes. (mad and sad faces) :`( >:(

Aery got some wise words for ya suck it up and harden up u'll get far in life with that advise

Thats great! I love the color blue.
CAnt'wait til' comes to stores or online. ^^

I have wanted a real blue rose all my life! Too bad I would probably kill it!

Wow, you have some... interesting replies.

Anywho.

I'll have to look into this, though I do wish you'd linked the company name. I've always wanted to grow roses in general, but blue roses are just fascinating. :)

Found the company, and here's their webpage about the roses: http://www.florigene.com/news/news.php

Seems that the blue is more of a purple-blue, and they're hoping to breed these into bluer and bluer versions. Seems that a rose that can carry the blue gene is merely the first step in making truly blue roses.

it so beautiful.. omg

it so beautiful.. omg

i have never seen something like this, but i must say it looks beautiful

not true they are died>>:( :( :( :(..........

*sigh*

@ ROBBIE ALMANZA,
This comment is not to cause drama but to correct you: In the play you speak of, "The Glass Menagerie," Laura (the little sister) can say pleurosis. Jim (the gentleman caller) just heard it wrong. Lol. I know this only because I was cast as Jim in that play about a month ago. Hahaha.

To the poster, aren't the 'blue roses' lilac? I just searched it and they weren't blue at all, unless dyed. Just wondering. Lol

I always wanted blue roses I have a tattoo of a blue rose I luv them so much!

Im 20 years old and my family and i have grown roses my whole life. and in fact have grown blue roses. there not dark blue no. but they are in fact blue. they were a cross breed between the white,red and yellow. after about seven years of cross breeding just those we notice that they started turning purple green and orange. we than put the purple roses with just a pure white one and it revered the color pattern giving us a blue rose. it still has white in the mix but it was in fact blue. it takes years and it take passion. take knowing what your doing. iv loved the idea of blue roses for years. never thought i would see one till my family started growing them


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