fruit and vegetable production, plant breeding, fruit quality
I am interested in diversifying fruit availability for local production. My research focuses on the examination of kiwiberry as a potential new specialty crop for Minnesota with the goal of identifying ideal harvest times to achieve improved post-harvest storability and fruit quality. Fruit qualities of interest are sugars, acids (such as ascorbic acid or Vitamin C), and texture. Lastly, I am gauging consumer attitudes towards kiwiberry to identify interest level for a new fruit in the Twin Cities area using an economic tool referred to as a second price auction.