ACCEPTANCE OF BANANA CULTIVARS RESISTANT TO BLACK LEAF STREAK BY CONSUMERS OF THE BRAZILIAN NORTHEAST REGION
Black leaf streak (BLS) is a devastating disease for many traditional banana cultivars. In Brazil, resistant cultivars are being studied but consumers preference needs to be taken into account for adoption to be successful. In this work, the acceptability of six BLS-resistant hybrids, Vitoria, Maravilha, PA 4244, FHIA-18, Tropical (all AAAB group) and Bucanero (AAAA), was assessed in the Brazilian Northeast region and compared to BLS-susceptible commercial cultivars from the AAB group (Prata Anã and Maçã). A hedonic scale was applied to external appearance of hands (global appearance, size, color), overall acceptance of fruits and acceptance per attribute (flavor and texture). Also, purchase intent was annotated. Data were submitted to ANOVA and Preference Mapping. PA 4244 presented high acceptance, both for external appearance and palatability. Flavor and texture of Maravilha, Vitoria and FHIA-18 pleased consumers, but their appearance could be still improved. Bucanero has low chances of adoption based on the opinion of consumers from the Brazilian northeastern region.
Garruti, D.S., Pereira, G.S., Weber, O.B., da Costa, J.N. and Facundo, H.V.V. (2013). ACCEPTANCE OF BANANA CULTIVARS RESISTANT TO BLACK LEAF STREAK BY CONSUMERS OF THE BRAZILIAN NORTHEAST REGION. Acta Hortic. 986, 345-351
affective tests, Black Sigatoka, Musa spp., Mycosphaerella fijiensis, preference mapping, sensory analysis