About this Research Topic
The study of the molecular mechanisms that underlie ripening and senescence of fruits is relevant to improve knowledge of these plant processes, which have commercial implications for the fruit industry.
After ripening and senescence, fruit quality and defenses are reduced. The metabolic activity that occurs during senescence has been previously analyzed, although the molecular triggers of this biological process are not yet clear. Several efforts have also been made to slow down senescence as much as possible to preserve fruit quality, either by management or technological applications both pre- and postharvest. Additionally, fruit-pathogen interactions could be decisive for accelerating ripening and senescence and thus fruit quality deterioration.
This Research Topic aims to gather new information about the molecular basis of the regulation of ripening and senescence in fruits, as well as the technological efforts made to prolong the postharvest life by slowing down senescence and maintaining fruit quality. Specifically, this Research Topic calls for Original Research and Review articles on the following aspects:
-Study of the molecular bases and regulatory mechanisms that determine ripening and senescence in fruits, including omics or systematic approaches;
-Modification of the process of fruit ripening and senescence by pathogens;
-Interference of the normal ripening and senescence during preharvest period;
-Application of postharvest technologies to control senescence and prolong shelf life.
Please note that descriptive studies that report responses of growth, yield, or quality to agronomical or postharvest treatments will not be considered if they do not progress physiological understanding of these responses.
Keywords: Fruit ripening-associated metabolism, Hormonal control, Postharvest technologies, Fruit-pathogen interactions, Fruit senescence modification
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