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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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10300 BALTIMORE AVENUE
BLDG. 002, RM. 117, BARC-WEST
Beltsville MD 20705

Mission:
The mission of the Food Quality Laboratory (FQL) is to conduct research on the biology of fruits, vegetables, and grain with the aim of developing technologies to reduce postharvest losses and improve sensory, nutritional, and functional quality. Specific goals are to develop improved methods of regulating ripening, senescence, physiological and pathological disorders, and loss of constituents contributing to flavor, aroma, and nutrition; to determine the role of key enzymes or transcription factors and their associated genes in regulation of produce quality changes, particularly as affected by environmental conditions, pathological infections and fresh-cut processing; and to provide technical information to the public, sister agencies, industry associations, and other stakeholders.

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