2005 Abhaya M. Dandekar (Improving Peel Quality of California Citrus Fruit)

Improving Peel Quality of California Citrus Fruit

High quality peels are a critical component of high value fresh market citrus fruit. Peel quality is defined by the expression of specific gene sets during development that result in the development of the external finish of fresh fruit, a genetic phenotype that is a key factor for marketing of the product. Our study has two specific objectives: (1) To survey the pattern of genes expressed in peel tissues that determine quality of citrus fruit, and (2) To identify and validate genes associated with the development of fruit quality and peel related external finish disorders.