A team of Canterbury scientists reckons lab-grown plant cells could be a solution to challenges facing fruit growers. The Plant and Food Research team is exploring fruit production with not a tree, bush or vine in sight. Researchers hope to recreate the taste and nutritional benefits of regular fruit at their Lincoln site, near Christchurch. Research Scientist Ben Schon says for the past 18 months his team has been working with cells from blueberries, apples, cherries, feijoas, peaches, nectarines and grapes, …and says while the research is in its early days – it is ground breaking.