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Impact of management regimes on fruit quality of sweet cherry (Prunus avium L.)

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Tan, BZ and Bound, S and Eyles, A, Impact of management regimes on fruit quality of sweet cherry (Prunus avium L.), Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems pp. 1-15. ISSN 2168-3565 (In Press) [Refereed Article]

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Abstract

The impact of alternative farming systems on fruit quality of orchard crops has been rarely examined. This study compared the effect of two management regimes with or without effective microorganisms (EM) on fruit quality of sweet cherry (Prunus avium L. cultivar Sweetheart). After four years, EM had no effect on quality however, fruit from regime 2 based on organic amendments and no herbicide had higher TSS and malic acid concentration but reduced size, compression firmness and stem retention force than fruit from regime 1 which was based on current conventional fertigation practices combined with herbicide application. All quality attributes reached ‘export finest’ standard for all treatments, providing evidence that organic amendment regimes can supply fruit acceptable for export markets.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:effective microorganisms, soil amendment, sustainable, humates, nutrients
Research Division:Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
Research Group:Horticultural Production
Research Field:Horticultural Production not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Horticultural Crops
Objective Field:Stone Fruit
Author:Tan, BZ (Mr Bi Zheng Tan)
Author:Bound, S (Dr Sally Bound)
Author:Eyles, A (Dr Alieta Eyles)
ID Code:121195
Year Published:In Press
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2017-09-14
Last Modified:2017-09-14
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