Dr. Linda Bartoshuk

PIC research hits National Geographic

Dr. Julie Mennella and Dr. Linda Bartoshuk are featured in the National Geographic article “Beyond Taste Buds: The Science of Delicious”. Learn more about what Julie does, and how she and Linda are working with the PIC to understand the basic science behind making delicious foods.

Dr. Mercy Olmstead

PIC scientists pursue the perfect peach

Led by Dr. Mercy Olmstead, PIC researchers and IFAS colleagues now know what sensory attributes consumers like best in their peaches. They also know that generational differences exist for peach consumer preferences and what they are – now we know how to breed and develop the next generation of peaches for maximum consumer appeal.

Dr. Bala Rathinasabapathi

Students help PIC professor breed better peppers

Led by Dr. Bala Rathinasabapathi, a group of undergraduate students have made significant progress breeding tastier peppers and recently published their first manuscript reporting progress. Starting with a UF-CALS funded mini-grant, Saba has developed a platform for teaching undergraduates how to select for sensory characteristics such as color, shape and flavor of the fruit

Welcome to the UF Plant Innovation Center! Our goal is to use sensory analysis to better understand what aspects of fruits, vegetables and flowers that people like best. We use this basic information to help plant scientists make new plants and products that look, smell and taste better. Come inside and learn more about us. We want to appeal to your senses!