Apple research has undergone great improvements in the last years, in both quantitative and qualitative terms. Huge amount of data are now available, especially as far as the early development and the ripening phase are concerned. Moreover, the recent release of the apple genome sequence is significantly speeding up research, allowing on one hand to shed light on the most critical aspects of fruit development with almost immediate practical implications and, on the other hand, to identify new molecular markers that will improve the future breeding programs. In this context, apple is being increasingly considered as a model for fruit development studies, although many gaps still exist in apple research. These gaps are being filled by the TranscrApple project, aimed at coupling the next generation high-throughput technologies with new physiological approaches, in order to achieve both new basic knowledge and innovative tools to improve the final quality of the fruit.
From post-fertilization up to fruit ripening
TranscrApple will investigate at molecular and cellular level the main developmental crossroads of apple fruit’s life. A special focus will be made on early development and ripening, the two most critical stages that largely contribute to the final quality of the commodity. Nevertheless, attention will be devoted also to the less investigated stages and developmental shifts, such as the maturation stage.