The Journal of Applied Botany and Food Quality is the Open Access journal of the German Society for Quality Research on Plant Foods and the Section Applied Botany of the German Botanical Society. It provides a platform for scientists to disseminate recent results of applied plant research in plant physiology and plant ecology, plant biotechnology, plant breeding and cultivation, phytomedicine, plant nutrition, plant stress and resistance, plant microbiology, plant analysis (including -omics techniques), and plant food chemistry. The articles have a clear focus on botanical and plant quality aspects and contain new and innovative information based on state-of-the-art methodologies.

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picture_of_halfed_onions Quality aspects in open-pollinated onion varieties from Western Europe
Maria Romo Pérez, Nikolaus Merkt, Sabine Zikeli and Christian Zörb

Commercial onion breeders limit their selection criteria by focusing almost exclusive- ly on conventional farming. This raises the demand for certain well known varieties, but lowers the general diversity available on the mainstream market. A way to main- tain biodiversity is to preserve old open-pollinated varieties. Through their distinct aroma and flavor, these plants are again drawing the interest of farmers and consu- mers alike, making them a viable alternative to commercial varieties. To assess yield and quality aspects of West- European open-pollinated onions, we have evaluated nine varieties and compared them against two of their commercial, well-established counterparts. The study included onion production on the field in South-West Germany, evaluation of the quality and flavor parameters, as well as a trained sensory taste panel. Results showed high diversity in yield and chemical ...    read more of this article

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New year, new website!


A happy and productive new year to our readers, reviewers and authors! We start with a fresh look and an up-to-date Open Journal System. Unfortunately, we can currently not send bi-monthly newsletters with new journal content. Until this functionality is added again, we will use announcements such as this to inform you. In this regard: nine more articles have been added to issue 90 in the last quarter of 2017. Have a look into the archive.

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