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Physiological and biochemical aspects of bruising in potato tubers. - HP0203T

The main objective is to provide practical guidance on how to reduce commercial losses due to bruising. This will be done by developing an improved understanding of the biochemical and physiological processes involved in the bruising reaction. In particular, the size and distribution of the phenol/tyrosine substrate pool in potato tubers during the post-harvest handling and storage period and identify the environmental, agronomic and genetic factors affecting the conversion of phenol/tyrosine into melanin pigment by polyphenoloxidase. Results from this work could also provide a biochemical and physiological basis for developing diagnostic tests and/or transformed potato varieties which may reduce further commercial losses due to bruising.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1995

To: 1998

Cost: £226,873
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University - Nottingham Trent
Fields of Study