A new grapefruit line has significant potential to be a game changer in Florida. The grapefruit is seedless, but most of all does not contain Furanocoumarins, a class of molecule that inhibits enzymes in the liver that can affect the metabolism of certain drugs.
The new grapefruit was developed by Horticultural Sciences researchers Chunxian Chen and Fred Gmitter at the Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred. The paper, “Characterization of Furanocoumarin Profile and Interitance Toward Selection of Low Furanocoumarin Seedless Grapefruit Cultivars”, was published in the September 2011 Journal of the American Society of Horticultural Sciences.
The paper was acknowledged during a recent IFAS awards ceremony as one of the best of the last two years.