Location: Plant, Soil and Nutrition ResearchTitle: Approaches for vegetable and fruit quality trait improvement Author
Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/18/2014
Publication Date: 7/1/2014
Publication URL: http://DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-6892-3
Citation: Li, L., Tadmor, Y., Qiang, X. 2014. Approaches for vegetable and fruit quality trait improvement. In: Ricroch, A., Chopra, S., Fleischer, S., editors. Plant Biotechnology - Experience and Future Prospects. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. 18:227-243. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: Improving food quality traits has become a major goal of fruit and vegetable breeding due to the increasing public awareness of nutraceutical compounds to human nutrition and health. During domestication and breeding of modern varieties, many traits were left behind in the wild and in the primitive and old varieties. Thus, natural variation in such exotic germplasm of fruits and vegetables provides rich sources for discovery of novel genetic elements to improve nutritional quality and health-promoting properties of food crops. Advanced ‘omics’ tools including genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and epigenomics facilitate the hunting of important genes that control quality traits of fruits and vegetables. Plant biotechnology enables the utilization of those novel discovered genetic elements to breed new varieties of agricultural crops with value-added traits.