Fruit development and quality

This theme principally revolves around investigating the important components of fruit quality and development in tomato and strawberry. Underpinning this theme is the identification of specific characteristics implicated in yield (i.e photosynthesis), and the aroma and flavour profile of fruits. The knowledge gained here will be used to develop new varieties with higher yields, improved flavour and quality suitable for commercial utilization.


Key areas of research:

  • Molecular development of fruit
  • Secondary metabolism
  • Meristem identity

Developing resource-use efficient strawberries for substrate production

The aim of the project is to improve the sustainability and efficiency of UK strawberry production by using innovative technologies to develop improved cultivars and systems for soil-less culture. Strawberries account for around 60% of total berry production. The strawberry … Continue Reading

QTL identification and phenotyping of fruit quality and disease resistance traits in octoploid strawberry (Fragaria × ananassa)

PhD project- Laima Antanaviciute The cultivated strawberry (Fragaria × ananassa) has a complex octoploid genome and it is only recently that sizeable numbers of markers have been developed for breeding purposes, as part of marker-assisted breeding (MAB) programmes. The main … Continue Reading

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