Special Issue "Genetic Control of Fruit Ripening"
A special issue of Plants (ISSN 2223-7747).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2020.
Interests: genetics; plant breeding; fruit quality; postharvest
Fruit ripening is a unique and genetically controlled process that makes fruits attractive, palatable, and appreciated by consumers, who continuously seek flavorful tasting and nutritious food. During the ripening process, a series of physiological modifications take place, rendering fruit an essential component of a healthy diet. Because of this, the scientific community has sought to improve and preserve fruit quality through the genetic control/manipulation of the main processes occurring during ripening. Genetic analyses, such as QTL mapping and GWAS, have targeted important loci involved in the control of fruit quality traits that can be exploited to assist the breeding of the most favorable ideotypes. Till now, important key genes a playing master role in the regulation of fundamental steps of fruit ripening have been also identified by means of transcriptomics and transgenic approaches, enabling more specific manipulation leading to superior fruit quality or better postharvest performance. According to recent statistics, in the future we will need to feed two billion more people, providing high-quality food produced in a highly sustainable manner. These goals can be achieved only with a multidisciplinary approach, with genetics playing an important role. Several available techniques can enable, for instance, breeding by design activities oriented to the creation of superior varieties satisfying these demands.
Despite the outstanding achievements of the scientific community worldwide, many questions are still not fully answered. The need to reduce loss postharvest and improve the quality of fruit still represents one of the main goals for fruit tree genetics.
To this end, with this Special Issue we welcome the submission of scientific articles focused on the deciphering of the genetic control of important pathways regulating the fruit ripening processes in all types of fruits.
Dr. Fabrizio Costa
Manuscript Submission Information
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- fruit ripening
- climacteric and non-climacteric fruits
- fruit quality
- genetic analysis
- QTL mapping
- transgenic manipulation
- human health
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