WORK IN PROGRESS
Apricot (Prunus armeniaca L.) is an economically important Prunus species of temperate regions, with worldwide production totaling around four million tons. Apricot industry suffers from critical limitations along the supply chain, mainly due to irregular seasonal production, susceptibility to pests and diseases and rapid post-harvest decay. Fruit quality is a key factor for apricot consumption and a priority goal in apricot breeding programs. Despite the progressive improvement of external (attractiveness, color, size) and internal (texture) fruit attributes, wide-spread poor eating quality remains a major bottleneck for improving market competitiveness of new released varieties.
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