Molecular Mechanisms of Fruit Quality Development and Regulation

A special issue of Horticulturae (ISSN 2311-7524). This special issue belongs to the section "Fruit Production Systems".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 September 2024 | Viewed by 2177

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College of Horticulture, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, No.15 Shangxiadian Road, Cangshan District, Fuzhou, China
Interests: collection and identification of germplasm resources of horticultural plants; detoxification and rapid multiplication of horticultural plant seedlings; molecular mechanism of horticultural fruit quality, breeding and cultivation technology of new varieties
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The Institute of Horticulture, Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Hangzhou 310022, China
Interests: berries; fruit quality; molecular biology; plants genetics; miRNA; development
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Dear Colleagues,

Horticulture is an important part of agricultural production. The fruit quality of horticultural crops includes the internal quality with sugar and organic acid as the core, the appearance quality with color, and the extension quality with aromatic and bioactive substances. The connotation, formation and maintenance mechanisms of fruit quality characteristics are different from other field crops. Deepening the research work on horticultural crops, an important branch of basic agricultural science, can not only enrich fruit biological theory, while also providing scientific and technological support for effective regulation of fruit quality. It can provide people with rich and colorful high-quality products and promote sustainable industrial development.

This Special Issue welcomes studies regarding the molecular mechanisms of fruit quality development and regulation in different horticultural crops, including research in fruit development, sugar accumulation, color and luster formation, organic acid and aroma metabolism, physiological function, metabolism of bioactive substances, and so on.

Dr. Lixiang Miao
Dr. Xiaobai Li
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  • aroma
  • fruit color
  • fruit flavor
  • fruit quality
  • maturation
  • organic acid
  • sugar

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A Study on the Fruiting and Correlation between the Chemical Indicators and Antimicrobial Properties of Hippophae rhamnoides L.
by Natalia Netreba, Elisaveta Sandulachi, Artur Macari, Sergiu Popa, Ion Ribintev, Iuliana Sandu, Olga Boestean and Irina Dianu
Horticulturae 2024, 10(2), 137; - 31 Jan 2024
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Sea buckthorn is a promising species that, under the conditions of Eastern Europe, has shown high productivity and is also a good and possible source of a wide range of bioactive compounds that have a positive effect on the human body, especially polyphenols [...] Read more.
Sea buckthorn is a promising species that, under the conditions of Eastern Europe, has shown high productivity and is also a good and possible source of a wide range of bioactive compounds that have a positive effect on the human body, especially polyphenols and carotenoids. Due to the content of biologically active substances in sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides L.), the species is of growing interest to scientists, the food industry, the pharmaceutical industry, the cosmetics industry and consumers. The aim of this study is to investigate the productivity and the correlation between the chemical composition and the antibacterial effect of four cultivars of sea buckthorn (Clara, Dora, Cora, Mara), cultivated in the Republic of Moldova. Sea buckthorn fruits were harvested at the stage of full ripening. Berry samples were frozen at minus 25 °C, stored for 6 months and whole fruits of sea buckthorn were studied. All quantitative characteristics were calculated in terms of absolutely dry raw material (dry weight). The sea buckthorn cultivars tested were found to have a different carotenoid contents (1.79–48.92 mg/100 g), ascorbic acid contents (74.36–373.38 mg/100 g), organic acids (malic acid 5.8–13.4 mg/100 g, citric acid 0.08–0.321 mg/100 g, succinic acid 0.03–1.1 mg/100 g), total dry matter contents (16.71–24.54%), titratable acidities (2.15–8.76%) and pH values (2.73–3.00). The antimicrobial activity of sea buckthorn, evaluated by the diameter of the inhibition zone, constituted for Bacillus pumilus 3.70–15.91 mm/g−1 for whole sea buckthorn fruits and 13.33–26.67 mm/g−1 for sea buckthorn purees. Full article
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