Italian scientists and researchers are working to create a hypo-allergenic apple that could provide a new frontier for the genetically modified food market.
While apples rarely cause the same intense allergic reaction as more common allergens like shellfish or peanuts, they often cause irritation for those allergic to birch pollen and can result in irritation or blistering on the tongue or lips.
The large collective working on the project, called the Ager Melo Group, is made of up allergists, molecular biologists and plant physiologists working to breed new types of apples that would promote good nutrition and health. The group is part of the Italian Ager Project, which is made up of 13 grant-making foundations which banded together to invest more than 27 million euros in to agriculture research.
Dr. Alessandro Botton, a plant physiologist at the Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animals and Environment in the University of Padua, has worked on unraveling the apple’s genetic markers responsible for causing allergic reactions.
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