Consumer quality traits, such as flavour, nutritional value, colour and firmness are becoming increasingly important in current plant breeding programs. Advances in X-omics technologies make it possible to study these complex, multifactorial traits. The Breeding for Quality group aims to elucidate the genetic and molecular basis underlying these fruit quality traits, using genetic, genomic and metabolomics approaches.
Crops: Solanaceous crops such as tomato and pepper and Rosaceous crops such as apple and strawberry
Research is carried out in a multi-disciplinary setting, in close collaboration with research groups specialised in sensory analyses, human nutrition, metabolomics and statistics. In addition there is a longstanding collaboration with several breeding companies.In the past 5 years, research has mainly focussed on elucidating the molecular genetic and biochemical basis of flavour and health-related metabolic pathways in tomato and pepper. In general we used two complementary approaches: (i) a genetic approach including utilisation of (exotic) germplasm collections, development of breeding populations and extensive geno- and phenotyping to identify QTLs underlying flavour attributes and health-related compounds and (ii) a functional genomics/metabolomics approach to elucidate the biochemical pathways and key genes underlying specific flavour-related volatiles and health-related metabolites. Highlights of our research include a detailed insight in the genetic loci and metabolic pathways relevant for tomato fruit flavour and the elucidation of a novel mechanism to determine the release of flavour-related volatiles through differential glyco-conjugation of their immediate precursors.
Future focus is geared towards the design of (molecular) genetic strategies and the development of breeding (half) materials to solve four major problems/needs: to maintain a good fruit quality throughout the post-harvest production chain in order to prevent or limit food waste, to maintain quality at increased production and yield, to achieve good quality fruits under sub-optimal growing conditions and to develop specialised food products for specific consumer groups (personalised nutrition).
Anthocyanin Biosynthesis and Degradation Mechanisms in Solanaceous Vegetables: A Review
Frontiers in Chemistry 6 (2018). - ISSN 2296-2646
Genetic characterization of clavibacter michiganensis subsp. Michiganensis population in Turkey
Plant Disease 102 (2018)2. - ISSN 0191-2917 - p. 300 - 308.
Cold storage of tomato: the good, the bad en the ugly
The effects of storage and temperature on flavor of three modern tomato varieties
Cold storage of tomato: the good, the bad, and the ugly
Screening for pollen tolerance to high temperatures in tomato
Euphytica 213 (2017)6. - ISSN 0014-2336 - 8 p.
Untargeted metabolomic analysis of tomato pollen development and heat stress response
Plant reproduction 30 (2017). - ISSN 2194-7953
Development of a new screening method for resistance towards Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. michiganensis (Cmm) in tomato
Identification of loci affecting accumulation of secondary metabolites in tomato fruit of a Solanum lycopersicum × Solanum chmielewskii introgression line population
Frontiers in Plant Science 7 (2016). - ISSN 1664-462X
SNP-markers in Allium species to facilitate introgression breeding in onion
BMC Plant Biology 16 (2016). - ISSN 1471-2229 - 10 p.
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