Blueberries are ‘soft fruit’, a name which underlies the impact that fruit texture plays in their marketability. Worldwide blueberry production has been increasing in the last years, and they are now the second most economically important soft fruit after strawberry. During pre- and postharvest ripening, fruit softening represents the most dramatic change, leading to important losses in quality during storage. To support the FEM breeding program toward the creation of new blueberry accessions with superior texture, we used a novel texture analyzer TAXTplus to improve the phenotyping resolution, a fundamental step for a more reliable and precise selection of the most suitable ideotypes. In this work change in the mechanical profile of the blueberry cultivar ‘Brigitta Blue’ was initially assessed during berry development, maturation and postharvest ripening, revealing important textural variations. In addition, this novel equipment was exploited to compare the fruit texture behavior at two specific stages, maturity and after postharvest cold storage, on a set of 49 different blueberry and hybrids cultivars and selections. A multivariate statistical approach, including principal component analysis, was employed to analyze the dataset related to the textural parameters, according to their performance. Finally a storage index, originally defined for apple fruit texture, was adopted to depict the different storage potential of a set of blueberry cultivars.

Giongo, L.; Poncetta, P.; Loretti, P.; Costa, F. (2013). Texture profiling of blueberries (Vaccinium spp.) during fruit development, ripening and storage. POSTHARVEST BIOLOGY AND TECHNOLOGY, 76: 34-39. doi: 10.1016/j.postharvbio.2012.09.004 handle: http://hdl.handle.net/10449/23508

Texture profiling of blueberries (Vaccinium spp.) during fruit development, ripening and storage

Giongo, Lara;Poncetta, Paula;Loretti, Paolo;Costa, Fabrizio
2013-01-01

Abstract

Blueberries are ‘soft fruit’, a name which underlies the impact that fruit texture plays in their marketability. Worldwide blueberry production has been increasing in the last years, and they are now the second most economically important soft fruit after strawberry. During pre- and postharvest ripening, fruit softening represents the most dramatic change, leading to important losses in quality during storage. To support the FEM breeding program toward the creation of new blueberry accessions with superior texture, we used a novel texture analyzer TAXTplus to improve the phenotyping resolution, a fundamental step for a more reliable and precise selection of the most suitable ideotypes. In this work change in the mechanical profile of the blueberry cultivar ‘Brigitta Blue’ was initially assessed during berry development, maturation and postharvest ripening, revealing important textural variations. In addition, this novel equipment was exploited to compare the fruit texture behavior at two specific stages, maturity and after postharvest cold storage, on a set of 49 different blueberry and hybrids cultivars and selections. A multivariate statistical approach, including principal component analysis, was employed to analyze the dataset related to the textural parameters, according to their performance. Finally a storage index, originally defined for apple fruit texture, was adopted to depict the different storage potential of a set of blueberry cultivars.
Blueberry texture
Storage index
Shelf-life
Berry quality
Settore BIO/04 - FISIOLOGIA VEGETALE
2013
Giongo, L.; Poncetta, P.; Loretti, P.; Costa, F. (2013). Texture profiling of blueberries (Vaccinium spp.) during fruit development, ripening and storage. POSTHARVEST BIOLOGY AND TECHNOLOGY, 76: 34-39. doi: 10.1016/j.postharvbio.2012.09.004 handle: http://hdl.handle.net/10449/23508
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