Since ETRs bind ethylene so tightly, it appears that the only way to turn off a response to ethylene is to make more receptors. Hence, Klee speculates that the increased expression of LeETR3 NR during ripening might reduce ethylene responsiveness, and thereby prevent an excessive induction of ethylene responsive genes.
Interactions between the other members of the ethylene receptor family and all the LeCTRs are currently being investigated.
Moore et al. In addition to identifying proteins directly effecting the physical and biochemical changes during fruit ripening, such comparative analyses should uncover more key transcription factors controlling the ripening process. They observed that the abundance of transcripts differed significantly between the achene and receptacle tissues.
These observations are consistent with the notion that ABA plays a significant role in seed maturation, but also suggest a role for ethylene. The expression of these genes presumably reflects the changes in flavour, aroma, texture, and colour that occur in this tissue during ripening.
Fleshy fruits are frequently harvested prior to ripening and, following harvest, they have a relatively short shelf life during which they undergo profound changes in texture, colour and flavour. Initially, it was thought that these enzymes were produced solely by plant pathogens to macerate plant tissues. But, as a result of both plant genome sequencing and EST programmes, it has become clear that these enzymes are encoded by large gene families in plants for example there are about 27 genes encoding PEL in Arabidopsis and are expressed throughout the plant including ripening fruit.
Fruits of tomato, strawberry, grape, and banana all express PEL, where they may play a significant role in fruit softening. Other enzymes involved in modifying cell wall properties include pectin esterases PE and polygalacturonidases PG.
Seymour et al. Since the mealy phenotype of Cnr fruit is the opposite of the juicy phenotype desired by the consumer, this mutant might provide an insight to the molecular biology of juiciness. Microarray analyses indicate that the expression of many genes impacting on many aspects of ripening is altered in the Cnr mutant, suggesting that Cnr may encode a regulatory factor.
The manipulation of tomato fruit quality through genetic engineering is reasonably well advanced. This pathway has been well researched since its manipulation impacts not only on the organoleptic qualities of fruit but also their contribution to human health. Peter Bramley from Royal Holloway College, University of London, is dissecting the regulation of this metabolic pathway during tomato fruit ripening using transgenic and mutant plants Bramley, Through identifying the rate limiting steps of the pathway, he hopes to target appropriate transgene expression to achieve an increase in the concentrations of carotenoids without changing the levels of other isoprenoids.
Flavonoids are a diverse group of polyphenolic secondary metabolites. The most abundant flavonoid in tomato fruit, naringenin chalcone, is the first intermediate compound. The enzymes catalysing these reactions are present solely in the peel of tomato fruit, where flavonols and flavonol glycosides exclusively accumulate. Verhoeyen et al.
None of these genetic manipulations had any gross effects on phenotype or adverse effects on taste. Such manipulations offer the possibility of developing new tomato varieties with increased health benefits. The organoleptic quality of fruit is a complex characteristic involving all aspects of flavour, texture and aroma. They studied 38 traits using a variety of physical and biochemical assays, plus a panel of trained tasters. Many traits were correlated.
Sweetness and tartness, for example, were well described by sugar content and titratable acidity, suggesting that laboratory assays could replace a panel of tasters for some sensory traits and also allowing breeders simpler selection criteria. Similarly, many QTL overlapped. The latter observation confirmed and extended previous studies using other mapping populations.
Since small regions of the genome influenced several traits, Causse et al. Such analyses will accelerate the development of molecular markers for breeding programmes and facilitate the identification of candidate genes to improve organoleptic quality. Consumers desire a reproducible flavour for a particular cultivar. However, Watson et al. They observed that the amounts of all the volatile compounds analysed differed significantly from fruit to fruit perhaps through picking fruits of different maturity and between harvests, but could discern no consistent trends.
Similarly, the concentrations of glucose and citric acid varied considerably between fruits and between harvests, with no consistent trends. A decline in sucrose concentration occurred across the harvest period, which may have been associated with a decline in solar radiation during the season. The effect of shading was more consistent. A brief period of shading significantly reduced the amounts of volatile flavour compounds and the concentrations of sucrose and glucose in the fruit. These observations have direct implications for strawberry growers. In addition, Watson et al. The papers in this Special Issue describe the recent discoveries in a number of areas.
There is much scientific interest in identifying the key regulatory mechanisms involved in fruit development and ripening. Several papers describe the role of ethylene in the ripening of climacteric fruit Alexander and Grierson, ; Klee, ; Moore et al. To introduce you to basic plant biology by exploring plant senses sight, smell, hearing, touch, taste, balance.
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