Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture has developed a new model to quickly measure the flavour level of sweet peppers. The model was developed in cooperation with the programme TTI Green Genetics, Dutch breeders Rijk Zwaan and ENZA, and through the in kind contribution from three sweet pepper growers. Based on some input parameters, the model calculates the flavour score, a prediction of the results of a consumer panel. The new flavour model will enable a faster and better measurement of flavour levels in sweet peppers. It opens the way for Dutch breeders, growers and wholesalers to focus on a further development and marketing of products with higher flavour levels.
Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture earlier developed flavour models for tomato and Galia melon. Flavour models enable a faster and more consequent measurement of flavour levels in breeding programmes and the development of blueprints for cultivation.
Flavour models also contribute to a better communication between chain partners and allow for focus in actions on better flavour in the chain and the creation of added value.
Parties who are interested in using the model may contact The Flavour Team in Bleiswijk at Wouter Verkerke. Also more information on model development for other products can be found at Wouter Verkerke.