LONDON — Roses are red and violets are blue, but it may not be long before roses are, too. Blue, that is.
A British biotechnology company said Thursday that it plans to build a $10-million research center in Cambridge to breed popular flowers in new colors.
Scientists believe they can isolate individual genes responsible for color in one plant and transfer them to others to create new blooms.
One project likely will be developing a blue rose using pigmentation from genes taken from delphiniums, said the company, Twyford International.
The center, which will be affiliated with Cambridge University, also plans to study ways of improving crops.