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María I. Escribano, Begoña Del Cura, Teresa Muñoz and Carmen Merodio

The effect of short-term high CO2 on maintaining postharvest cherimoya (Annona cherimola Mill.) fruit quality during storage at low temperature was analyzed. Pretreatment with an atmosphere of 20% CO2 and 20% O2 for 3 days retained fruit firmness and prevented an increase in the immunodetected levels of polygalacturonase-related protein during storage at 6 °C. Color scale values, chlorophyll content, and levels of the immunoreactive large subunit of ribulose 1,5-biphosphate carboxylase protein were higher in treated than in air-stored fruit. Short-term high CO2 treatment had a long residual effect at low temperature and improved storage life by preventing fruit softening and delaying senescence-like responses in green peel of cherimoya fruit tissues.

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Teresa Muñoz, Jesús Ruiz-Cabello, Antonio D. Molina-García, María I. Escribano and Carmen Merodio

Phophorous nuclear magnetic resonance (31P-NMR) spectroscopy was used to study the vacuolar and cytoplasmic pH and the inorganic phosphate (Pi) pool distribution in `Fino de Jete' cherimoya (Annona cherimola Mill.) fruit stored at a chilling temperature (6 °C). Fruit stored at the ripening temperature (20 °C) for 3 days were used as a control. 31P-NMR results confirmed that 6 °C storage caused cytoplasmic acidosis (a decrease of 0.72 ± 0.08 pH units) and a notable increase in the amount of Pi in the cytoplasm. Spectra of perchloric acid extracts also revealed that storage at 6 °C was associated with an increase in the total amount of Pi and phosphorylated metabolites. Moreover, perfusion experiments with a phosphate medium confirmed the preferential accumulation of Pi in the cytoplasm in chilled tissues. Specific activation of phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase (PEPC) (32.1 ± 1.7 μmol·min-1·mg-1) was observed in those fruit. In chilled fruit the amount of ADP was held at steady-state levels and ATP levels increased, contrary to observations for ripe fruit, where the pool of total nucleotides decreased beyond the point of NMR detection. Fruit stored at 6 °C exhibited a low respiration rate, but metabolism was not arrested and an increase in total soluble solid contents was also observed.

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Juan M. Osorno, Carlos G. Muñoz, James S. Beaver, Feiko H. Ferwerda, Mark J. Bassett, Phil N. Miklas, Teresa Olczyk and Bill Bussey

Bean golden yellow mosaic virus (BGYMV), incited by a whitefly (Bemisia tabaci Gennadius) transmitted geminivirus, is an important disease that can limit common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) production in Central America, the Caribbean, and southern Florida. Only a few genes are currently deployed in BGYMV-resistant common bean cultivars. The identification of novel sources of resistance would help bean breeders broaden the genetic base of resistance to this important virus. Phaseolus coccineus L. germplasm accession G35172 was found by International Center for Tropical Agriculture scientists to be resistant to BGYMV. Populations derived from an interspecific cross between P. vulgaris and P. coccineus were evaluated to study the inheritance of resistance to BGYMV. Segregation ratios of F2 plants and other populations suggest that BGYMV resistance from P. coccineus is controlled by two genes. A recessive gene, with the proposed symbol bgm-3, confers resistance to leaf chlorosis and a dominant gene, with the proposed name Bgp-2, prevents pod deformation in the presence of BGYMV. Results from allelism tests with previously reported BGYMV resistance genes (bgm, bgm-2, and Bgp) and the absence of the SR-2 sequence-characterized amplified region marker for bgm support the hypothesis that bgm-3 and Bgp-2 are different genes for BGYMV resistance.