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Characterization of accessions and ripening stages of Rio-Grande cherry (Eugenia involucrata DC.)

Grant number: 19/04706-1
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): June 01, 2019
Effective date (End): February 29, 2020
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Agronomy - Crop Science
Principal researcher:Angelo Pedro Jacomino
Grantee:Barbara Della Antonia
Home Institution: Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz (ESALQ). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Piracicaba , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:14/12606-3 - Fruits of the Atlantic Forest potentially functional potential: characterization, plant propagation and postharvest conservation, AP.TEM


The Atlantic Forest is a biome rich in biodiversity, having in its composition fruit species with a high genetic value - with physical-chemical characteristics widely variable and potentially functional. Among the native species of this biome, the Myrtaceae family stands out, both for its diversity and dominance.  Less popular species of this family, such as the Rio Grande cherry (Eugenia involucrata DC.), have been studied due to their potential for market insertion.   Thus, the aim of this work is to characterize Rio Grande cherry from different accessions and determine its the harvesting point, in order to improve the postharvest quality and the selection of parent plants with potential for consumption in natura and/or industrialization. For this purpose, Rio Grande cherry accessions will be analyzed for their physical-chemical aspects and bioactive compounds.  In addition, these physical-chemical characteristics together with the respiratory behavior at different ripening stages will be used to determine the harvest point. This study intends to offer essential information regarding native fruit species in Brazil, as well as to allow the insertion of this fruit in the market, through the selection of parent plants for future orchards in commercial scale. (AU)

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