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An aromatic tomato could be looming – a la heirloom varieties, say UF scientists


March 7, 2022

You can scarcely find a tasty, heirloom tomato in the grocery store. But University of Florida scientists helped discover a way to enhance tomato smell and taste. Breeding efforts over the last half century have emphasized traits that are important ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture
Tags: Aroma, Biochemical Pathway, Denise Tieman, Flavor Compounds, Genetics, Harry Klee, Horticultural Sciences, Nitrogen, Nitrogenous Volatiles, Taste, Tomatoes
Carolina and her brothers and boyfriend smiling at the camera at her UF graduation

Improving Consumer Health with Saltiness-Enhancing Volatile Compounds


March 7, 2022

Join us for the next installment of FSHN Research Journeys, which follows the research of graduate students in the Food Science and Human Nutrition program at UF. Today's guest poster is Carolina Krivoy Sekler, a first-year master's degree student ... READ MORE

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Tags: Carolina Krivoy Sekler, Dr. Charles Sims, Dr. Linda Bartoshuk, Flavor, Food Volatiles, FSHN Research Journeys, Nose Bump, Nose Bump Technique, Research Journeys, Research-journeys-food-science-ms, Salt, Saltiness-enhancing Volatiles, Taste, Taste Panel, Volatiles

UF/IFAS researchers creating an ‘Artificial Intelligence Connoisseur’


February 7, 2022

Can a computer “taste” a tomato or a blueberry? Well, not exactly, but it can tell scientists which volatiles in these fruits make them taste good, say University of Florida researchers. UF/IFAS breeder and geneticist Marcio Resende wants ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Health & Nutrition, UF/IFAS
Tags: #aiatuf, AI, Artificial Intelligence, Blueberries, Harry Klee, Horticultural Sciences, Marcio Resende, Patricio Munoz, Smell, Taste, Taste Panels, Tomatoes, UF Sensory Lab

In the heart of Florida’s strawberry season, an expert explains why they’re so wonderful


February 2, 2022

When you think of February, you might dream of a Happy Valentine’s Day, roses and romance. If you live in central Florida, you might also want to buy the very best strawberries. Many local fields are rife with the red fruit. Wael Elwakil, ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, Agriculture, SFYL Hot Topic
Tags: Breeding, Economic Impact, Featured, Fruit And Vegetable Production, Gulf Coast Research And Education Center, Harvest, Hillsborough County, Special Topics, Strawberries, Strawberry Season, Taste, UF/IFAS Extension Hillsborough County, Valentine's Day, Wael Elwakil

UF scientists sequence genome of the supersweet corn you’ve nibbled for 20-plus years


February 23, 2021

Sweet corn, a food favorite for many consumers, serves as a major crop for Florida. Earlier research by UF/IFAS scientists led to an even sweeter sweet corn dubbed “supersweet” because it has more sugar than other types of the staple crop. Now, ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops
Tags: Breeding, DNA, Genome Sequencing, Horticultural Sciences, Marcio Resende, Production, Supersweet Corn, Sweet Corn, Taste

Global gardeners help UF tomato breeding program; will send growth, flavor data to lab


January 12, 2021

Normally, University of Florida scientists such as Harry Klee gauge the taste and aroma of their new tomatoes by letting volunteers test them at the UF Sensory Lab in Gainesville. But now, people from across the globe who grow tomatoes in their ... READ MORE

Category: Crops, SFYL Hot Topic
Tags: Amateur Plant Breeders, Citizen Science, Data, Gardeners, Harry Klee, Production, Seeds, Taste, Tomatoes, UF/IFAS Advancement, Varieties

Sensory lab helps UF/IFAS breeders know which fruits, veggies taste, smell best


October 29, 2020

Not long ago, about 200 consumer panelists went to the University of Florida Sensory Testing Lab to taste a new blueberry developed by UF/IFAS scientists. Turns out, they liked the flavor of the ‘Sentinel’ blueberry, said its breeder, Patricio ... READ MORE

Category: SFYL Hot Topic, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Charles Sims, Food, Food Science And Human Nutrition, Fruit, Patricio Munoz, Smell, Taste, Testing, UF Sensory Lab

New blueberry variety honors benefactor and UF alumnus Alto Straughn


October 29, 2020

When Patricio Muñoz developed the University of Florida’s newest blueberry variety, he wanted to name the fruit in honor of Alto Straughn, a longtime, strong supporter of UF’s blueberry breeding program. “A ‘sentinel’ is a watcher ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops, SFYL Hot Topic
Tags: 'Sentinel', Alto Straughn, Blueberry, Cultivar, Horticultural Sciences, Market, Patricio Munoz, Smell, Taste

Tomato juice with UF/IFAS-bred Garden Gem pleases palates


October 21, 2020

Florida-grown tomatoes – particularly the UF/IFAS-bred Garden Gem – pack a tasty punch for tomato juice, new University of Florida research shows. By and large, the biggest market for Florida tomatoes remains food services. They’re ... READ MORE

Category: SFYL Hot Topic
Tags: Breeding, Flavor, Food Science And Human Nutrition, Garden Gem, Horticultural Sciences, Paul Sarnsoski, Sam Hutton, Smell, Taste, Taste Panels, Tomato Juice, Tomatoes, UF Sensory Lab

UF Researchers Seek to Develop Tastier Mangos


September 4, 2018

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Mangos make for a tasty, nutritious snack or side dish. To help meet consumer demand for more flavorful mangos without grit or fibrous flesh, University of Florida scientists will try to identify superior varieties so mango ... READ MORE

Category: UF/IFAS
Tags: Alan Chambers, Aroma, Citrus Research And Education Center, Crop, Food And Resource Economics Department, Food Science And Human Nutrition, Grant, Horticultural Sciences, Jonathan Crane, Lisa House, Mangos, Taste, Tropical Research And Education Center, UF College Of Medicine And Director Of The Center For Smell And Taste, Yu Wang

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