Human Made Blue Rose "Applause"

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This is a surprise to me because I always thought that blue roses were nature's work of art. Well turns out that they're the product of a genetically modified work from humans. This is because no blue pigment naturally exists in roses. Japanese scientists, actually they're "molecular geneticists", have successfully produced the world's first blue roses with almost 100% blue pigments in the petals. The next step for the geneticists is to attempt to make the blue roses bluer. In the near future, we will possibly have an array of blue shades roses to pick from spanning from the palest blue to Mediterranean blue, or even navy blue. Right now, the blue roses look more on the purple shade to me. I'm sure in no time, the process will be perfected and we will get true blue roses.

Here's an interesting fact, since 1840, Britain and Belgium's horticultural societies offered a prize of 500,000 francs to the first person to produce a blue rose. I guess the Japanese geneticists will be taking home the prize. The research began in 1990 so this is a 20 years effort that finally paid off. As of now, the blue roses will be available in Japan beginning November 3 which is next week. I think the rest of us will get to buy it next year.

Ok, so now, what does a blue rose mean? Every rose color has a meaning. Looks like the significance of a blue rose is "dream fulfilled" and "encouragement to those working diligently toward a goal, in a variety of situations". Not bad, I like the meaning of it already.



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24 comments:

LM said...

Geez, how much will they go for? They do look lovely though!

LM said...

I've seen white roses with blue dye to make blue roses which looked so artificial so good thing now we have "real" blue roses

Willie said...

Oh I didn't know this. But isn't it cool to have blue roses?

KN said...

How much do these blue roses go for? I'm sure they are not going to be cheap. Thank goodness it symbolizes anything other than love. Can't imagine the price these will go for on Valentine's Day.

Rose Belle said...

@ LM - These roses are priced from $22-$33 but they may be more.

Superman said...

They even can make many colours in one flower now. Amazing technology.

Rose Belle said...

@Willie - They do look very nice and it's reported that they have a pleasant fragrant scent too. Maybe Malaysia will get these blue roses before the U.S. does.

Rose Belle said...

@KN - The blue roses are double the price of regular roses. They range from $22-$33. I'm not sure about the price increase for Valentine cos red roses are in demand for this holiday

Audrey said...

A dozen roses cost around $7.00, these go for $22 at minimum?? Wow, that's expensive for a new color rose!

Rose Belle said...

@Super: It took 20 years to successfully modified the rose gene to produce blue pigments to make blue roses. Technology can be great but also scary. I wonder what these geneticists will come up with next.

KN said...

Maybe for special occasion, I'll shell out that much money for roses. In the long run, I'm sure prices will fall as production of the roses become better.

Gratitude said...

Blue roses are indeed beautiful. It is certainly much better and genuine than the white ones I saw in which their stems were forced to absorb blue dye.

Three wisdoms quote sounds so similar to Buddha's The 4 Noble Truths. Thanks for sharing. ^_^

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Mel Avila Alarilla said...

That's simply amazing. Shows what human determination and perseverance can do. I hope man will use this kind of determination and perseverance to produce products that will redound to the benefit of mankind rather than the destruction or suffering of humans. Thanks for the welcome post. God bless you always.

Rose Belle said...

@Mel: It is wonderous what advances in science can produce. I think advances in technology is only great when used with great morals. Look what the invention of the atomic bomb did. It brought destruction and deaths instantaneously. I just hope scientists don't alter the genetics of foods we eat and leave it to nature to give us what we are naturally meant to have.

Rose Belle said...

@Gratitude: When brother got married last year, his wedding theme color was royal blue and his florist used blue dyed roses which didn't look natural. He read my blog and said "should of waited to get marry next year".
Yes, Confucius' three wisdoms quote is similiar to Buddha's The 4 Noble Truth. I liked it so much the first time I read it that I kept it with me for a long time.

Dora said...

I always love things in their original form. I prefer red/pink roses & I proud to have my black hair... :-)

Rose Belle said...

@Dora - I, too, prefer things organic and in their original form. Once things are modified in one way or another, they get screwed up along the way...at least, that's how I view science and technology trying to interfer wit nature.

betchai said...

i have never seen a blue rose, my heart beat so fast in seeing the picture, i guess it got excited in seeing one rare rose, and the picture is so lovely.

Rose Belle said...

@betchai - thanks :) I wonder if its scent will be similar to other organic roses. I read that the scent is pleasant. Lets see...

Cheryl said...

What a fascinating post. The blue roses are very pretty. Its amazing what science and technology can come up with, sometimes a little scary too!

Rose Belle said...

@Cheryl: Yeah, technology is good when used for the better of mankind. I just don't like it when we start messing with nature.

ladyviral said...

Lovely roses... Never thought it could be genetically done.. and finally too :).

Rose Belle said...

@ladyviral: yea, it was someone's dream 20 years ago..i guess, and now it's a dream come true.

ladyviral said...

So dreams to come true ^_^