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Youping Sun, Genhua Niu, Joseph G. Masabni, and Girisha Ganjegunte

rich in nutrition, with a unique flavor and taste, and medicinal properties. Recent scientific findings corroborate the traditional use of the pomegranate as a medical remedy for its antimicrobial properties and for its health benefits, such as the

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T. Casey Barickman, Dean A. Kopsell, and Carl E. Sams

Plants encounter various environmental stresses that can potentially impact nutritional requirements and fruit quality. Environmental stress factors frequently influence vegetative development by inhibiting plant growth. Studies have demonstrated

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Xinhua Yin, Jinhe Bai, and Clark F. Seavert

Oregon. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of split fertigation and band placement as alternate N and P management practices on tree nutrition, fruit yield, quality, and superficial scald of pears, as well as soil nutrient supply

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Ruimin Huang, Chao Shen, Susu Wang, and Zhengjia Wang

in protein synthesis, membrane stability, cell division, and metabolism ( Hajiboland and Amirazad, 2010 ). The application of Zn fertilizer at appropriate rates can enhance the fruit quality of fruit trees significantly ( Davarpanah et al., 2016

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Adam D. Karl, Michael G. Brown, Sihui Ma, Ann Sandbrook, Amanda C. Stewart, Lailiang Cheng, Anna Katharine Mansfield, and Gregory M. Peck

ensure the success of these new enterprises, additional research is needed to determine how orchard management affects cider quality. In particular, there has been minimal research on how preharvest nitrogen fertilizer management in apple orchards might

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Jiwoo Park and James E. Faust

). Additionally, fertilizer is relatively inexpensive; therefore, growers have tended to err by applying excess fertilizer to avoid nonoptimal growth and nutritional deficiencies. However, excessive fertilizer application results in nutrient runoff, which has

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M.L. Arpaia

Although postharvest handling schemes have improved during recent years, it is still possible to observe considerable variability in fruit quality between individual lots. Preharvest factors such as irrigation, nutrition and pest management practices, as well as rootstock and environmental variables, may greatly influence quality after harvest and may well account for some of the differences between individual lots. The influence of preharvest factors on postharvest quality of tropical and subtropical fruit will be discussed using pertinent examples from the literature. Emphasis will be given to those factors which can be manipulated to improve quality.

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Vicente Gimeno, James P. Syvertsen, Inma Simon, Vicente Martinez, Jose M. Camara-Zapata, Manuel Nieves, and Francisco Garcia-Sanchez

interstock, grafted between the rootstock and scion combination, not only can improve tree growth, longevity, fruit production, and quality ( Gil-Izquierdo et al., 2004 ), but also can increase salinity tolerance ( Gimeno et al., 2009b ). The mechanisms

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C.M. Geraldson

116 ORAL SESSION 34 (Abstr. 253–260) Nutrition/Cross-commodity & Ornamentals

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Ming-Wei S. Kao, Floyd Woods, William A. Dozier, Robert C. Ebel, Chang Y. Lee, and Jun Bae Jee

The health status of Alabama's population ranks above the national average with respect to the prevalence of poor overall health indicators. Consumer knowledge of the health benefits of consumption of fresh fruit is lacking. The compositional and nutritional qualities of fruit are highly variable among states with different climate, soil, and other environmental conditions. Compositional and nutritional data of fresh fruit that reflect Alabama growing conditions is limited. Commercially fully ripened kiwi fruit (Actinidia deliciosa cvs. Fitzgerald and Hayward) were compared for fruit quality (pH, TA, °Brix, °Brix/TA, and soluble sugars), and antioxidant properties; Vitamin C (reduced, oxidized, and total), Vitamin C Equivalent Antioxidant Capacity (VCEAC), ferric reducing antioxidant power (FRAP), DPPH radical scavenging activity, total phenolics, and flavonoids. In general, `Fitzgerald' ranked higher in overall fruit quality and antioxidant properties when compared to `Hayward'.