Biotechnological interventions in reducing losses of tropical fruits and vegetables

February 14, 2022 | Current Opinion in Biotechnology |

Conducted by Cornell University, USA, along with Dr. Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, India, and Bihar Agricultural University, India, this study delves into the challenges of minimizing losses in tropical fruits and vegetables, which are rich sources of bioactive compounds. Despite their nutritional benefits and global demand, substantial losses occur at pre- and postharvest stages, posing significant challenges.

Traditionally, breeding strategies have been employed to mitigate these losses, but their efficacy is limited by time and labor constraints. To address this issue, the study explores the potential of biotechnological, computational, and multiomics approaches in enhancing crop productivity and preserving nutritional quality.

The research emphasizes the application of molecular tools to tackle losses in tropical fruits and vegetables at pre- and postharvest stages. By leveraging advanced biotechnological methods, such as genomics and metabolomics, researchers aim to develop more resilient cultivars with improved traits, ultimately contributing to the sustainable production and enhanced nutritional value of tropical crops.

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