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Optimising cherry fruit set, crop load, fruit nutrition and size


Domeney, PS and Close, DC and Whiting, MD, Optimising cherry fruit set, crop load, fruit nutrition and size, Australian Cherries, Cherry Growers Australia Inc, 6, pp. 12-15. (2012) [Magazine Article]


The project CY10002 Optimising Cherry Fruit Set, Crop Load, Fruit Nutrition and Size was carried out in Washington State (Prosser, USA) and Tasmanian commercial orchards in 2010 and 2011 by Dr Matt Whiting’s team at the Washington State University, and Dr Dugald Close’ perennial hort research team at the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture. There were many interesting parts to the project and quite a few of these findings pave the way for further research in USA and Australia to develop practical solutions for long term consistency in cherry yield and quality. The project looked at fruit set and what makes some varieties of cherries more variable in crop load than others. It also questioned how specific crop loads affect fruit at harvest (such as size, weight, sugar levels and so on). Some work was done on plant growth regulators (PGRs) and their influence on fruit set and yield. Similarly trunk and branch girdling, and defoliation were tried for their effects on fruit set. How the nutritional content of fruit affects fruit quality after harvest was researched as an Honours project and has led to PhD investigating this further.

Item Details

Item Type:Magazine Article
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Horticultural production
Research Field:Horticultural crop growth and development
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Horticultural crops
Objective Field:Pome fruit, pip fruit
UTAS Author:Domeney, PS (Ms Penny Domeney)
UTAS Author:Close, DC (Professor Dugald Close)
UTAS Author:Whiting, MD (Dr Matthew Whiting)
ID Code:78995
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2012-08-12
Last Modified:2014-04-11

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