• Question: Would you consider square watermelons as genetically-modified? What are the advantages and disadvantages to watermelons that are grown to resemble pyramids and squares?

    Asked by michelletherezien to Andy, Cathie, Jules, Les, Ricarda on 6 Jul 2012.
    • Photo: Les Firbank

      Les Firbank answered on 6 Jul 2012:

      It depends how they were developed, not what they look like! These are not shapes that occur very often (if at all) in nature, so finding a genetic solution may not be possible. You might try growing them inside containers of different shapes – one for a summer school project!

      Advantages – they would look really interesting, and would take less space for packing and storage. Disadvantages – how many people would buy them?