Public-private research linkage in pre-harvest and post-harvest technologies to lead the commercial development of the 'Rojo Brillante' Persimon® cultivar
The 'Rojo Brillante' persimmon cultivar has undergone exponential growth over the last two decades, and this has been accompanied by intense promotion from the growers' associations in the Ribera del Xuquer area of Valencia, Spain, where the cultivar originated. The aforementioned growers' associations joined Anecoop in order to pool a larger share of this fruit's total yield and put together marketing and research activities to further develop the Persimon® trademark. Different questions have arisen which have had to be addressed during the development of the Persimon® brand. These have mainly focused on post-harvest and pre-harvest processes, and meeting market and consumers' quality standards. One important objective was to extend the harvest period by means of pre-harvest treatments whilst a second major objective centred on improving the procedure for astringency removal. The occurrence of residual astringency and the internal browning of pulp have been solved by improved handling on the packing line and the reduction of chilling injuries during cold storage has been a key factor in extending the marketing period of the 'Rojo Brillante'. Part of the success in solving these problems lies in the close relationship and joint efforts made by all the stakeholders involved, from producers through to market agents. This cooperation has consisted of major R&D investment in packinghouses and laboratories, in human resources via a network of technicians, and joint programmes with public research centres. However, there are still several physiological disorders that need to be solved in the near future. Again, the solution will come from broad-based cooperation between stakeholders and public research centres.
Miranda, M. and del Pino, A. (2018). Public-private research linkage in pre-harvest and post-harvest technologies to lead the commercial development of the 'Rojo Brillante' Persimon® cultivar. Acta Hortic. 1195, 197-202
private research, public research, deastringency, 'Rojo Brillante', Anecoop, Persimon® Bouquet