TASTE AND APPEARANCE IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN, WHERE TO START? SPATIAL DISTRIBUTION OF COLOUR, SUGARS AND ACIDS IN GROWING APPLES
Samples were taken from apple flesh while at the tree (Gala and Pinova) using a biopsy sampling system. After sampling the wound was closed with vaseline, which prevented wound responses. Samples were taken at different times over the circumference of the apples (at about 70° above the equator) to monitor the spatio-temporal distribution of acids (malic, citric, fumaric) and sugars (glucose, fructose and sucrose). At the same time the skin colour was assessed with a Minolta colour meter at the same location. The distribution over the circumference of the apples revealed for both cultivars a sinusoidal pattern for all colour aspects and for citric acid, while only fructose in Gala showed a clear sinusoidal pattern. For all other variables measured, the pattern was only faint, with a low amplitude. Although the system is still prone to a large measuring error, biopsy sampling is a powerful tool to study the spatio-temporal distribution of taste components.
Sadar, N., Tijskens, L.M.M., Urbanek Krajnc, A., Tojnko, S. and Unuk, T. (2015). TASTE AND APPEARANCE IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN, WHERE TO START? SPATIAL DISTRIBUTION OF COLOUR, SUGARS AND ACIDS IN GROWING APPLES. Acta Hortic. 1091, 21-28
apples, sugars, organic acids, growth, taste, appearance, spatial distribution