4. Fruit Shelf Life and Potential for Its Genetic Improvement

  1. Matthew A. Jenks1 and
  2. Penelope J. Bebeli2
  1. José A. Mercado,
  2. Fernando Pliego-Alfaro and
  3. Miguel A. Quesada

Published Online: 16 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470959350.ch4

Breeding for Fruit Quality

Breeding for Fruit Quality

How to Cite

Mercado, J. A., Pliego-Alfaro, F. and Quesada, M. A. (2011) Fruit Shelf Life and Potential for Its Genetic Improvement, in Breeding for Fruit Quality (eds M. A. Jenks and P. J. Bebeli), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470959350.ch4

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Purdue University, Center for Plant Environmental Stress Physiology, West Lafayette, Indiana

  2. 2

    Agricultural University of Athens, Laboratory of Plant Breeding and Biometry, Athens, Greece

  1. This work was funded by Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación of Spain and FEDER EU Funds (Grant no. AGL2008-02356).

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 21 MAR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780813810720

Online ISBN: 9780470959350



  • fruit shelf life;
  • genetic improvement;
  • cell wall composition;
  • fruit softening;
  • cell wall disassembly


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Cell Wall Composition and Structure

  • Cell Wall Disassembly Is the Major Determinant Factor of Fruit Shelf Life

  • Cell Wall Modifying Genes and Activities

  • Role of Turgor in Fruit Softening

  • Conclusion