2021 Volume 71 Issue 2 Pages cover
On the cover
Cultivated strawberry (Fragaria × ananassa Duch.), a commercially important fruit in the world, has various fruit shapes. For example, fruits harvested from multi-parent advanced-generation inter-cross (MAGIC) populations, mixed the genomes of six founder parents randomly, showed distinctive shapes: elongated, round, triangular, square, forked, constricted, and others as well as a shape similar to the parent. Quantification of fruit shapes by image analysis is the first step toward understanding the genetics of fruit-shape and controlling strawberry shape (This issue, p. 167–175).
(S. Nagamatsu: Fukuoka Agriculture and Forestry Research Center)