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Integrating end-user preferences into breeding programmes for roots, tubers and bananas. Editorial

Dufour D., Hershey C., Hamaker B.R., Lorenzen J.. 2021. International Journal of Food Science and Technology, 56 (3) : p. 1071-1075.

DOI: 10.1111/ijfs.14911

¿Consumers have their say: assessing preferred quality traits of roots, tubers and cooking bananas, and implications for breeding¿ special issue, brings together new knowledge about quality traits required for roots, tubers and bananas (RTB) varieties to successfully meet diverse user preferences and expectations, along the variety development and RTB value chains (production, processing, marketing, food preparation, consumption). Key RTB crops in sub-Saharan Africa are cassava, yams, sweetpotatoes, potatoes and bananas/plantains. They are mainly consumed directly as boiled pieces or pounded in the form of smooth, not sticky, and stretchable dough. They are also stewed, steamed or fried. Cassava, the most widely grown RTB, is generally boiled, stewed or steamed in Eastern and Southern Africa, and in West and Central Africa is usually processed directly into derivative products, e.g. whole root fermentation through retting or heap fermentation; fermentation/dewatering of the mash. Biophysical and social knowledge presented in this issue help elaborate goals for both the processing unit operations (food scientist control) and variety traits (breeder control).

Mots-clés : préférence alimentaire; comportement du consommateur; amélioration des plantes; amélioration génétique; plante racine; tubercule; banane plantain; qualité des aliments; igname; manioc; patate douce; préférence de l'utilisateur final

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