Although human perception of food flavors involves integration of multiple sensory inputs, the most salient sensations are taste and olfaction. Ortho- and retronasal olfaction are particularly crucial to flavor because they provide the qualitative diversity so important to identify safe versus dangerous foods. Historically, flavor research has prioritized… (More)
The flavor quality of many fresh fruits available to consumers today is generally believed to have deteriorated. While agricultural and postharvest practices certainly contribute to poor flavor, a large part of the problem is the challenge of breeding for and accurately assessing such a complex, multigenic trait in a natural product such as a fruit. Here we… (More)
A new study demonstrates that tomato fruits engineered for high anthocyanin accumulation have extended shelf life and are less susceptible to a fungal pathogen. These phenotypes are related to the increased antioxidant capacity of the fruits and shed light on the role of oxidative processes in the later stages of fruit ripening.