Irish Strawberry


About This Project


Were all of the Carl Linnaeus's taste buds functional? 

Linnaeus is the "father of modern taxonomy"  who categorized species based mostly on their morphology. In the 1700s, Linnaeus famously named the Irish Strawberry apparently relying on other characteristics as “Arbutus unedo” meaning "eat only one"? This taxonomic classification implies that the fruit born from this plant are not pallet-pleasing. 

We respectfully disagree with Linneaus: this project aims to redeem the Irish Strawberry as a nutrient-rich (and tasty) fruit through chemical analyses. Moreover, by barcoding the DNA and performing phylogenetic analysis, we will assign Irish Strawberry its' rightful place on the "Tree of Life".

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Sora Haagensen