Everyone has bought them on occasion: strawberries that have almost no taste. Scientists want to restore the original flavor of the fruit. Biologist Magda-Viola Hanke is trying to do that by cross-breeding.
In her institute, hundreds of different varieties are stored, and she is producing hybrids by crossing standard varieties with older, tastier ones. Scientists in Austria are approaching the problem differently. Biotechnologist Gabriele Berg is working with certain bacteria that not only protect strawberry plants, but also enhance the development of flavor in their fruit.