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.
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.
Our research approach
Our research mainly focusses on elucidating the molecular genetic and biochemical basis of flavour and health-related metabolic pathways in tomato and pepper. In general we use two complementary approaches:
- 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
- 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.
Focus on genetic strategies
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).
Green Plant Biotechnology at work
Wageningen : Groen Kennisnet
The effect of isolation methods of tomato pollen on the results of metabolic profiling
Metabolomics 15 (2019)1. - ISSN 1573-3882
Development of an in vitro protocol to screen Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. michiganensis pathogenicity in different Solanum species.
Plant Pathology 68 (2019)1. - ISSN 0032-0862 - p. 42 - 48.
Chlorophyll fluorescence imaging reveals genetic variation and loci for a photosynthetic trait in diploid potato
Physiologia Plantarum 164 (2018)2. - ISSN 0031-9317 - p. 163 - 175.
QTL mapping in diploid potato by using selfed progenies of the cross S. tuberosum × S. chacoense
Euphytica 214 (2018)7. - ISSN 0014-2336
Genetic variation and correlation studies between micronutrient (Fe and Zn), protein content and yield attributing traits in mungbean (Vigna. radiata L.)
Legume Research 41 (2018)2. - ISSN 0250-5371 - p. 167 - 174.
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
- Ying Liu
- Raana Roohani Taziani
- Yi Wu
- Xing Wang
- Fatima Carvajal Moreno
- Shilin Tian
- Lei Luo