Analysis of genetically modified red-fleshed apples reveals effects on growth and consumer attributes

Espley, R.V., Bovy, A., Bava, C., Jaeger, S.R., Tomes, S., Norling, C., Crawford, J., Rowan, D., McGhie, T.K., Brendolise, C., Putterill, J., Schouten, H.J., Hellens, R.P., & Allan, A.C. (2013) Analysis of genetically modified red-fleshed apples reveals effects on growth and consumer attributes. Plant Biotechnology Journal, 11(4), pp. 408-419.

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Consumers of whole foods, such as fruits, demand consistent high quality and seek varieties with enhanced health properties, convenience or novel taste. We have raised the polyphenolic content of apple by genetic engineering of the anthocyanin pathway using the apple transcription factor MYB10. These apples have very high concentrations of foliar, flower and fruit anthocyanins, especially in the fruit peel. Independent lines were examined for impacts on tree growth, photosynthesis and fruit characteristics. Fruit were analysed for changes in metabolite and transcript levels. Fruit were also used in taste trials to study the consumer perception of such a novel apple. No negative taste attributes were associated with the elevated anthocyanins. Modification with this one gene provides near isogenic material and allows us to examine the effects on an established cultivar, with a view to enhancing consumer appeal independently of other fruit qualities. © 2012 Society for Experimental Biology, Association of Applied Biologists and Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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ID Code: 71153
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Cited By (since 1996):6
Export Date: 6 May 2014
Source: Scopus
PubMed ID: 23130849
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Keywords: Anthocyanin, Apple, Biotechnology, Metabolites, Red flesh, Sensory
DOI: 10.1111/pbi.12017
ISSN: 1467-7644
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 07 May 2014 04:14
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 06:01

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