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Study on the locus containing the gene FaOMT in strawberry contributing to various degrees of its aroma

Study on the locus containing the gene FaOMT in strawberry contributing to various degrees of its aroma

Furaneol and mesifurane are two important flavor compounds in strawberries as in many other fruits.  Strawberry varieties vary a good deal in their proportion as well as in their amounts during the ripening process. In the June 3, 2012 issue of Plant Physiology (pp. 851-870), Zorrilla-Fontanesi and associates published the results of their investigation on the analysis of strawberry (Fragaria × ananassa) fruit volatiles such as furaneol and mesifurane and identified genomic regions controlling their variation. Their study further reveals that the locus harboring the gene FaOMT (O-methyltransferase) controls natural variation in mesifurane content and identifies a polymorphism in its promoter. The results of their investigation further show that the gene is possibly responsible for both driving high FaOMT expression in ripe strawberry receptacle and mesifurane production.

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