Reports Archive 2017

June, 2017

Journal of Sensory Studies, 2017, e12268
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Abstract: A. Grygorczyk, A. Jenkins, A. J. Bowen. Involvement scales have been widely used to measure the extent to which a product is associated with an individual’s self-concept, and the hedonic pleasure evoked by the activity or product. A number of studies have linked involvement with higher overall spending on a product. This study aimed to determine whether gardening involvement predicted increased garden plant purchasing behavior in Canada and to understand the implications of high gardening involvement by comparison with other measures, both subjective (self-assessed expertise) and objective (hours spent gardening, objective gardening knowledge). Gardening involvement did not predict purchasing behavior nor did self-assessed gardening expertise. However, objective measures (hours spent gardening and objective gardening knowledge) were found to predict plant purchasing. It is suggested that the involvement scale be used in combination with objective measures to distinguish between consumers with high product interest but low present use and those with high interest and high product use.

Ontario horticulture research priority report 2017
May, 2017

Features

  • Edible horticulture
  • Ornamental horticulture
An automation technology strategy for the Canadian horticulture sector
April, 2017

Features

  • Labour and automation in the Canadian horticulture sector
  • Trends in automation technology development
  • Vision and strategy development
  • Horticulture automation technology strategy
Growing Forward 2 annual report 2016-2017
March, 2017

Features

  • Performance measures 2016-17
  • Partnerships and collaboration
  • Applied research and innovation activities
  • Knowledge translation and transfer, outreach and communications activities
  • Commercialization
February, 2017

PloS One, 2017, 12(2): e0171710. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0171710
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Abstract: Amyotte B., A.J. Bowen, T. Banks, I. Rajcan and D.J. Somers. Breeding apples is a long-term endeavour and it is imperative that new cultivars are selected to have outstanding consumer appeal. This study has taken the approach of merging sensory science with genome wide association analyses in order to map the human perception of apple flavour and texture onto the apple genome. The goal was to identify genomic associations that could be used in breeding apples for improved fruit quality. A collection of 85 apple cultivars was examined over two years through descriptive sensory evaluation by a trained sensory panel. The trained sensory panel scored randomized sliced samples of each apple cultivar for seventeen taste, flavour and texture attributes using controlled sensory evaluation practices. In addition, the apple collection was subjected to genotyping by sequencing for marker discovery. A genome wide association analysis suggested significant genomic associations for several sensory traits including juiciness, crispness, mealiness and fresh green apple flavour. The findings include previously unreported genomic regions that could be used in apple breeding and suggest that similar sensory association mapping methods could be applied in other plants.