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.
- Reviews latest research in tree fruit physiology
- Discusses latest developments in genetics and their implications for improved breeding techniques
- Comprehensive coverage of key stages in cultivation from nursery plants and orchard design to water, nutrient and pest management
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"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 Physiology and genetics
1.Advances in understanding fruit tree root-rhizosphere relationships for enhanced plant health: Mark Mazzola and Shashika S. Hewavitharana, USDA-ARS, USA;
2.Advances in development and utilization of rootstocks for fruit tree cultivation: Gennaro Fazio, USDA-ARS and Cornell University, USA;
3.Advances in understanding fruit tree growth: Ted DeJong, University of California-Davis, USA;
4.Advances in understanding reproductive development in fruit-bearing plants: Tomoya Esumi, Shimane University, Japan; and Ryutaro Tao, Kyoto University, Japan;
5.Advances in fruit genetics: Ksenija Gasic and Christopher Saski, Clemson University, USA;
Part 2 Optimizing sustainable cultivation and quality
6.Optimizing production of quality nursery plants for fruit tree cultivation: Stefano Musacchi, Washington State University, USA; and Davide Neri, Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center, USA;
7.Optimizing precision in orchard irrigation and nutrient management: Denise Neilsen and Gerry Neilsen, Pacific Agriculture and AgriFood Canada, Canada;
8.Optimizing plant growth, yield and fruit quality with plant bioregulators: Duane Greene, University of Massachusetts, USA;
9.Optimizing fruit production efficiencies via mechanization: Manoj Karkee, Jacqueline Gordón, Bernardita Sallto and Matthew Whiting, Washington State University, USA;
10.Optimizing pest management in fruit cultivation; Arthur Agnello, Cornell University, USA;
11.Optimizing disease management in fruit cultivation: Sara M. Villani, North Carolina State University, USA; Kerik D. Cox, Cornell University, USA; and George Sundin, Michigan State University, USA;
12.Pre- and post-harvest strategies to optimize fruit quality and shelf-life: Peter M. A. Toivonen, Pacific Agriculture and AgriFood Canada, Canada;
13.Bioactive/nutraceutical compounds in fruit that optimize human health benefits: Federica Blando and Miriana Durante, Institute of Sciences of Food Production (ISPA), Italy; and B. Dave Oomah, formerly Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre, Canada;