Type: Book

Achieving sustainable cultivation of temperate zone tree fruits and berries Volume 2 Case studies


Dr Greg Lang is a Professor in Horticultural Science at Michigan State University, USA. He is Chair of the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) Workgroup on Orchard Systems and has been a plenary speaker at many conferences such as the International Fruit Tree Association and ISHS Symposia on Orchard Systems and Cherry. Professor Lang has also been named as one of the top 100 Innovative Horticulturalists of the past 125 years by the American Fruit Grower Magazine.



Publication date:

24 June 2019

Length of book:

340 pages

ISBN-13: 9781786762122

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Temperate fruits include stone/drupe fruits (such as peach), pome fruits (such as apple) and berries (such as strawberries). Like other crops, cultivation of these fruits faces a number of challenges. These include the need to optimize yields, sensory and nutritional quality; the dynamic threats from biotic and abiotic stresses in a changing climate; and the need for more efficient use of resources to minimise environmental impact. The two volumes of Achieving sustainable cultivation of temperate zone tree fruits and berries summarise the wealth of research addressing these challenges.

Volume 1 focusses on key advances across the value chain, from breeding improved varieties to better techniques for cultivation and crop protection. Part 1 discusses current research on physiology, genetics and breeding. Part 2 reviews advances in cultivation from orchard design to optimising water and nutrient management and harvesting operations.

With its distinguished editor and international range of expert authors, this collection will be a standard reference for horticultural scientists, government and other research centres and companies involved in cultivation of the range of temperate fruits.

Key features

  • Brings together some of the world’s leading experts on the breeding and cultivation of particular fruits
  • Comprehensive coverage of key stone, pome and berry fruits
  • Reviews key advances across the value chain for particular crops that collectively optimise sustainable production

What others are saying...

"This text, with its impressive line-up of world-renowned contributors, will provide an excellent resource of information about developments in temperate fruit production and about future prospects for further change towards greater sustainable production."
Emeritus Professor Ian J. Warrington, Massey University, New Zealand

Table of contents

Part 1 Stone and pome fruits
1.Advances and challenges in peach breeding: Dario J. Chavez and Rachel A. Itle, University of Georgia, USA; Daniel Mancero-Castillo and Jose X. Chaparro, University of Florida, USA; and Thomas G. Beckman, USDA-ARS, USA;
2.Advances and challenges in sustainable peach production: Luca Corelli-Grappadelli, Brunella Morandi and Luigi Manfrini, University of Bologna, Italy; and Pasquale Losciale, Council for Agricultural Research and Economics - Research Centre for Agriculture and Environment, Italy;
3.Advances and challenges in cherry breeding: Jose Quero-Garcia, INRA, France; Amy Iezzoni, Michigan State University, USA; Gregario Lopez-Ortega, Instituto Murciano de Investigacion y Desarrollo Agrario y Alimentario, Spain; Cameron Peace, Washington State University, USA; Mathieu Fouché and Elisabeth Dirlewanger, INRA, France; and Mirko Schuster, Julius Kühn-Institut, Germany;
4.Advances and challenges in sustainable cherry cultivation: Greg Lang, Michigan State University, USA;
5.Advances and challenges in pear breeding: Amit Dhingra, Washington State University, USA;
6.Advances and challenges in sustainable pear cultivation: Todd Einhorn, Michigan State University, USA;
7.Advances and challenges in apple breeding: Amanda Karlstrom, NIAB-EMR and University of Reading, UK; Magdalena Cobo Medina, NIAB-EMR and University of Nottingham, UK; and Richard J. Harrison, NIAB-EMR, UK;
8.Advances and challenges in sustainable apple cultivation: Pierre-Éric Lauri and Sylvaine Simon, INRA, France;
9.Advances and challenges in sustainable plum and apricot cultivation: Mihai Botu, University of Craiova, Romania;

Part 2 Berry fruits
10.Advances and challenges in strawberry breeding: Chris R. Barbey and Kevin Folta, University of Florida-Gainsville, USA;
11.Strawberries: a case study of how evolving market expectations impact sustainability: M. P. Pritts, Cornell University, USA; and T. M. Sjulin, formerly Driscoll Strawberry Associates, USA;
12.Advances and challenges in raspberry and blackberry breeding: Ramón Molina-Bravo, Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica, Costa Rica; Margaret Leigh Worthington, University of Arkansas, USA; and Gina E. Fernandez, North Carolina State University, USA;
13.Advances and challenges in sustainable raspberry/blackberry cultivation: Julie Graham, Alison Karley, Alison Dolan, Dominic Williams and Nikki Jennings, James Hutton Institute, UK;
14.Advances and challenges in blueberry breeding: Susan McCallum, James Hutton Institute, UK;