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Fruit Ripening and QTL for Fruit Quality in the Octoploid Strawberry

  • Delphine M. Pott
  • José G. Vallarino
  • Sonia Osorio
  • Iraida Amaya
Chapter
Part of the Compendium of Plant Genomes book series (CPG)

Abstract

Fruit development and ripening is a unique developmental process to flowering plants that ensures the propagation of seeds and plant survival. In addition, fruits are an essential part of human diet. In particular, strawberry is a rich source of nutraceuticals such as vitamin C, folate and phenolic compounds. Strawberry production and breeding is becoming an extremely competing area of economic development worldwide. Cost of production in many countries is increasing due to a number of challenges such as rising labour costs, pest control or water availability. One way to increase competiveness is increasing fruit quality of new strawberry cultivars. Amazing advances have been made in our knowledge of the different metabolic pathways that take place in the final stages of fruit development and that lead to a flavourful and ripe strawberry fruit. Similarly, different genes involved in gene regulation during ripening have been discovered and characterized. In parallel, the discovery of loci responsible for natural variation among strawberry germplasm is producing a growing amount of DNA markers that after validation could be used in accelerating the selection of new cultivars with improved fruit quality. This chapter summarizes main advances in the study of fruit ripening in the octoploid strawberry and QTL controlling fruit quality traits.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Delphine M. Pott
    • 1
  • José G. Vallarino
    • 1
  • Sonia Osorio
    • 1
  • Iraida Amaya
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Molecular Biology and BiochemistryInstituto de Hortofruticultura Subtropical y Mediterránea ‘La Mayora’, University of Malaga-Consejo Superior de Investigaciones CientíficasMálagaSpain
  2. 2.Instituto Andaluz de Investigación y Formación Agraria y Pesquera (IFAPA), Centro de ChurrianaMálagaSpain

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