BIBLIOTECA HORTICULTURA

BIBLIOTECA HORTICULTURA

  • IRTA and UDG join efforts in agri-food research

    IRTA and UDG join efforts in agri-food research

    The rector of the University of Girona (UdG), Joaquim Salvi Mas, and the general director of the Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentàries (IRTA), Josep Usall, have signed a new agreement with the main objective of promoting collaboration between their research staff in joint activities between IRTA and the UdG. The signing ceremony was also attended, on behalf of IRTA, by the scientific director, Jordi Garcia-Mas; the director of Institutional Relations, Rosa Cubel, and the institutional delegate in the counties of Girona, Joan Tibau. On behalf of the UdG, the vice-rector of… Read more

  • A project on the microbiome in apples selected for joint research between the UdL and IRTA

    A project on the microbiome in apples selected for joint research between the UdL and IRTA

    The projects "Apple Microbiome: effect of environmental conditions and a source of microorganisms to improve fruit quality" and "Managing populations of thrips (Thysanoptera) in integrated and organic nectarine orchards" have been selected in the second call for joint research grants between the University of Lleida (UdL) and IRTA, which opened on 6 July. The grants involve collaboration between at least one IRTA researcher located in Lleida and one researcher from the UdL, and include the hiring of a pre-doctoral researcher for three years and an additional amount of up to €15,000 to cover… Read more

  • 5th International Course on Postharvest Fruit Technology and Handling postponed to 2022

    5th International Course on Postharvest Fruit Technology and Handling postponed to 2022

    Due to the situation resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic, IRTA's Postharvest Programme has decided to postpone the fifth edition of the International Course on Fruit Postharvest Technology and Management, scheduled for November 2021. In this way, the aim is to recover face-to-face attendance, one of the most valued aspects of this activity. If you would like to receive information about this edition (videos, interviews with professors, articles, etc.), you can subscribe through the Google Forms form below. We look forward to seeing you at the V International Course on Postharvest… Read more

  • An algorithm to measure fruit morphology

    An algorithm to measure fruit morphology

    CRAG researchers have developed an automatized and cost-effective computing method to evaluate fruit shape and colour that will contribute to increase agriculture efficiency. The study, published at the scientific journal Plant Phenomics, has been carried out using strawberry images, although its machine learning algorithm can easily be applied to other fruits like apples, tomatoes and citrus. The devised software pipeline is also able to predict fruit shapes and appearance, providing a powerful simulating tool to design new crosses. The researchers have given open access to the code for the… Read more

  • Gene responsible for the purple skin of plums it's been identified

    Gene responsible for the purple skin of plums it's been identified

    The presence and accumulation of the antioxidant pigment anthocyanin defines the tone of plums, and it is known that the synthesis of this compound is regulated by the MYB10 genes. Now, a research team from the Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG) and the Institute of Agri-Food Research and Technology (IRTA) has found the gene that determines the skin colour of Japanese plums. In a study published in the scientific journal Frontiers in Plant Science, the team reveals that the plum genome contains several copies of the MYB10 genes, and that DNA variations in one of these copies… Read more

  • T&G Global launches first 'climate-change resistant' apple variety

    T&G Global launches first 'climate-change resistant' apple variety

    New Zealand-headquartered T&G Global will commercialize the first new apple variety that is bred to withstand "the world’s hottest and driest of conditions" The apple is the first to be launched from the Hot Climate Programme, a global pan-industry breeding program focused on the long-term sustainability of apple production in a changing climate. Peter Landon-Lane, T&G Global’s Director Innovation and Technical, says with an increasingly warm climate, new apple varieties need to be developed and commercialized. “We know the world’s climate is changing and consumers will… Read more

  • Research services, international advice, new almond varieties, Pip Fruit Hot Climate

    Research services, international advice, new almond varieties, Pip Fruit Hot Climate

    IRTA is the Agrifood and Technology Research Institute founded in 1985, part of the Agricultural Department of the Catalan Government. IRTA’s mission is to become a scientific reference of the agrifood sector, fostering innovation towards sustainable primary production and processing systems, to improve the quality and safety of foods having a direct impact on the environment and human health. Since its foundation, IRTA has carried out outstanding research in fruit production, improving plant materials and developing new technology. IRTA will be present in Fruit Logistica 2020, Hall… Read more

  • A thousand melon genomes: understanding the past to improve the future

    A thousand melon genomes: understanding the past to improve the future

    In 2012, the Melonomics project, a public-private consortium led by researchers from the Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics, CRAG, (IRTA-CSIC-UB-UAB Consortium), published the first complete genome sequence of melon. Seven years later, and based in data from the Melonomics project, a Chinese research team has sequenced the genome of 1,175 melon varieties, which practically represent the extant diversity of the species Cucumis melo. The CRAG team led by Jordi Garcia-Mas has participated in this analysis, and the results are published this week in the journal Nature Genetics. Read more

  • Spatial distribution of flavor components and antioxidants in the flesh of ‘Conference’ pears and its relationship with postharvest pathogens susceptibility

    Spatial distribution of flavor components and antioxidants in the flesh of ‘Conference’ pears and its relationship with postharvest pathogens susceptibility

    The spatial distribution of dry matter, ethylene production, respiration rate, organic acids, sugars, antioxidants, volatiles and fungal (Penicillium expansum and Rhizopus stolonifer) growth was evaluated analyzing four different slices of ‘Conference’ pear flesh taken along an equatorial radius. A common spatial distribution trend was found for ethylene emission, CO2 production, antioxidant capacity and total phenolic compounds with a minimum in the slice under the skin and a maximum in the slice near the core. Fructose, which was the dominant sugar followed by sucrose and… Read more

  • The sequence of the almond tree and peach tree genomes makes it possible to understand the differences of the fruits and seeds of these closely related species

    The sequence of the almond tree and peach tree genomes makes it possible to understand the differences of the fruits and seeds of these closely related species

    Almond and the peach are two well-known tree species, since humans have been eating their fruit (peach) or seed (almond) for thousands of years. Although at first sight the products of these trees may seem to be very different, both species belong to the Prunus genus and are genetically very similar, so much so that they can be crossed and fertile hybrids can be obtained from them. Now, an international team led by researchers of the Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG) has sequenced the genome of one almond tree variety and compared it to the peach tree genome. The detailed… Read more