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Fumiomi Takeda, Gerard Krewer, Elvin L. Andrews, Benjamin Mullinix Jr and Donald L. Peterson

machine harvested for the fresh and processing markets in June and July, but quality and shelf life is much less than hand-harvested fruit (Fonsah et al., 2005; Krewer and Nesmith, 2002 ; Strik and Yarborough, 2005 ). Harvesting of highbush blueberries

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Brian A. Kahn

The effects of crop canopy architecture on fruit quality have been studied primarily in tree fruit crops such as apple [ Malus domestica ( Fouché et al., 2010 ; González-Talice et al., 2013 )] and mango [ Mangifera indica ( Normand et al., 2009

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Sibylle Stoeckli, Karsten Mody, Silvia Dorn and Markus Kellerhals

(QTLs) or major genes for disease ( Calenge and Durel, 2006 ; Khan et al., 2006 ) and pest resistance ( Bus et al., 2008 ; Roche et al., 1997 ; Stoeckli et al., 2008b , 2008c , 2009 ; Wearing et al., 2003 ) as well as fruit quality traits ( Cevik

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Jin-Hu Wu, A. Ross Ferguson, Brian G. Murray, Alison M. Duffy, Yilin Jia, Canhong Cheng and Philip J. Martin

are often larger after chromosome doubling ( Campos et al., 2009 ; Wu et al., 2012 ; Ye et al., 2010 ). However, very little information has been available on the effects of increasing ploidy level on other attributes of fruit quality considered

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J.P. Mitchell, C. Shennan, S.R. Grattan and D.M. May

We thank Mitzi Aguirre for assistance with the fruit quality analyses and Richard A. Jones, Oscar Lorenz, and Vincent Rubatzky for constructive comments on the manuscript. Mention of company names and products is for the benefit of the reader and

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Gregory M. Peck, Ian A. Merwin, Christopher B. Watkins, Kathryn W. Chapman and Olga I. Padilla-Zakour

fruit maturity and quality. Originally developed by the International Organization for Biological and Integrated Control of Noxious Animals and Plants, IFP is a science-based system that encompasses all aspects of fruit growing. An IFP system includes

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John R. Stommel, Mary J. Camp, Judith M. Dumm, Kathleen G. Haynes, Yaguang Luo and Anne Marie Schoevaars

has been characterized ( Stommel and Albrecht, 2012 ). Breeding for tolerance to biotic and abiotic disorders in cultivated pepper has largely focused on improving fruit quality, disease resistance, and varied yield attributes. Genetic diversity

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Dilip R. Panthee, Chunxue Cao, Spencer J. Debenport, Gustavo R. Rodríguez, Joanne A. Labate, Larry D. Robertson, Andrew P. Breksa III, Esther van der Knaap and Brian B. McSpadden Gardener

quality in the marketplace. Recently, fruit quality has been the most important selection criterion for repeat buyers of tomato. Because of this, tomato breeders have placed significant efforts in improving tomato fruit quality traits, including lycopene

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Robert L. Jarret, Elizabeth Baldwin, Brian Perkins, Rod Bushway and Kelly Guthrie

saponin and other compounds that are being evaluated as natural fungicides ( Duke et al., 2003 ). Pungency is a key characteristic associated with members of the genus Capsicum . It is also an important fruit quality attribute. The degree of pungency in

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Richard L. Bell

al., 2008 ). The choice of parents for breeding must take into consideration the level of resistance to pear psylla and fruit quality and production traits. Germplasm with at least medium-sized fruit have been used in preference to the small-fruited