Current strawberry programmes at the Beijing Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences
The current strawberry research in Beijing Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences (BAAFS) focuses on germplasm resources, breeding, physiology, and propagation technology. There are more than 400 collections, including cultivars, wild species, and relative genus, conserved in BAAFS. Research on fruit aroma is on-going. AATs and FaNES1 genes were cloned and their expression patterns were analyzed. The effects of exogenous methyl jasmonate (MeJA) on FaNES1 gene expression and the biosynthesis of volatile terpenes were studied. Volatile ester composition of Fragaria × ananassa was compared with that of F. vesca. Preliminary study on the inheritance of volatile compounds was also carried out. BAAFS has released a total of 16 new forcing cultivars and is collaborating with EMR (East Malling Research, UK) on ever-bearer breeding. The relationship of sink and source was compared between cultivars with different taste. Tracing of 13C was also used to study the key process for accumulation of sugar in fruits. BAAFS emphasize developing advanced strawberry propagation technology and work to establish professional nurseries to supply healthy and vigorous plants.
Zhang, Y., Wang, G., Dong, J., Zhong, C., Chang, L. and Zhang, H. (2017). Current strawberry programmes at the Beijing Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences. Acta Hortic. 1156, 123-130
breeding, germplasm, aroma formation, glycometabolism, propagation technology