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The authors acknowledge Gobierno de Aragon for the funding of the Research Group named `Economia Agroalimentaria y de los Recursos Naturales', which has financed the gathering and analysis of the data. The National Institute for Agricultural and Food Research and Technology (INIA) has funded the permanent activities of the CITA vegetable genebank (BGHZ-CITA) responsible for the collection of the seeds and the associated knowledge, as well as the conservation of the purple local carrot used in this study, being the project currently in force RFP2015-00012.

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Gracia A. - Autor (correspondencia)
Sánchez A.m. - Autor o Coautor
Mallor C. - Autor o Coautor
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Making Use of Sustainable Local Plant Genetic Resources: Would Consumers Support the Recovery of a Traditional Purple Carrot?

Publicado en:Sustainability. 12 (16): - 2020-08-01 12(16), doi: 10.3390/su12166549

Gracia A.; Sánchez A.m.; Mallor C.;


Centro de Investigaci?n y Tecnolog?a Agroalimentaria de Arag?n - Autor o Coautor
Centro de Investigación y Tecnología Agroalimentaria de Aragón - Entidad de origen
Ctr Invest & Tecnol Agroalimentaria Aragon CITA, Unidad Econ Agroalimentaria & Recursos Nat, Avda Montanana 930, Zaragoza 50059, Spain - Autor o Coautor
Ctr Invest & Tecnol Agroalimentaria Aragon CITA, Unidad Hortofruticultura, Avda Montanana 930, Zaragoza 50059, Spain - Autor o Coautor
Gobierno de AragonGobierno de Aragon - Financiador
National Institute for Agricultural and Food Research and Technology (INIA)Instituto de Investigacion Agropecuaria (INIA) - Financiador
Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales - Financiador
Univ Zaragoza, CITA, Inst Agroalimentario Aragon IA2, Zaragoza, Spain - Autor o Coautor
Universidad de Zaragoza - Autor o Coautor
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Resúmen: Local plant genetic resources are of vital importance for the resilience of the agroecosystems, especially under conditions of global climate change. The diversification of production using these resources is postulated as an alternative for the development of rural areas with non-optimal farming conditions and/or disadvantaged by depopulation. However, in order to sustainably utilize local genetic resources, their use has also to provide products accepted by consumers. The aim of this study was to evaluate consumer acceptance of a local purple carrot that is a Spanish landrace at risk of genetic erosion from Teruel, a province in the Aragon region seriously affected by depopulation and extreme weather conditions, to contribute to its sustainable recovery. Consumer preferences for carrots with different characteristics (color, price, variety, and production system) were studied, and their willingness to pay (WTP) for the local purple carrots was assessed. Data from a survey conducted in this Spanish region was used. We identified two segments of consumers with different willingness to pay, hedonic liking, and intention to purchase the purple local carrots. These traditional purple carrots would be accepted by the segment of consumers more willing to pay for and more likely to purchase these carrots. The traditional purple carrots should be promoted, emphasizing that they are produced by a local landrace whose purple color is due to anthocyanic pigments with known antioxidant properties.

Palabras clave: Abiotic stress; Aragón; Attributes; Carrot landrace; Choice experiment; Food; Health; Preferences; Tomato; Valuation; Varieties; Willingness to pay

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