The Biochemistry of the Grape Berry

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Grapes (Vitis spp.) are economically significant fruit species. Many scientific advances have been achieved in understanding physiological, biochemical, and molecular aspects of grape berry ...
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Transcriptomics and Metabolomics for the Analysis of Grape Berry Development

Pp. 218-240 (23)

G. B. Tornielli, A. Zamboni, S. Zenoni, M. Delledonne and M. Pezzotti


The investigation of key molecular events underlying grape berry development can provide useful data for the improvement of mature berry quality traits, a goal in this commercially important fruit crop. Berry development has been investigated at the transcriptional level to study global expression profiles during formation and ripening, while a smaller number of large-scale metabolite studies have been carried out till now. Here we present a meta-analysis of the “transcriptional story” of grape berry development by analysing the data from all transcriptional studies published to date using different analysis methods in diverse cultivars.


Berry development, Cell wall metabolism, EST analysis, Expression profiles, Gene expression, Hormone biosynthesis, Metabolome, Microarray analysis, Primary metabolism, Secondary metabolism, Transcriptome.


Department of Biotechnology, University of Verona, 37134 Verona, Italy