Introduction to the Symposium

in HortScience
Donald N. MaynardUniversity of Massachusetts, Amherst

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Quality of horticultural crops is an extremely variable and perhaps nebulous characteristic. Quality may be easily expressed in physical terms such as size, color, or shape. Texture, food value, and keeping qualities, requiring more sophisticated determinations, are also critical components of quality. In some cases, quality may be a highly individual thing, varying from consumer to consumer. Furthermore, the expression of quality may be controlled by genetic capability as well as a host of environmental conditions.

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