Goji berries are traditionally eaten in Asia for their high nutritional value. Goji consumption is increasingly growing worldwide. However, the physiological and genetic determinisms of the organoleptic and nutritional quality of goji berries remain unexplored.
The overall objective of GOJINOV is to characterize the physiology of goji plants subjected to contrasting watering regimes and pruning practices. The experiments will be performed on novel goji varieties and goji x tomato hybrids. We aim at gaining basic knowledge on this innovative genetic material to support the development and strengthening of a production sector for goji in Mediterranean regions where climate seems to be appropriate for Lycium cultivation. We also aim at providing comparative insight for increasing fruit quality and adaptation to drought of tomato species.
The scientific outputs of this project will be :
GOJINOV investigate how genetic, environmental and management factors affect the metabolic content of goji berries, with the aim of identifying major levers to accelerate breeding and optimize practices. Our work will promote the availability of fresh and local fruits with enhanced nutritional and organoleptic values, thereby contributing to secure food content in metabolites of interest.