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G. Schnabel and C.H. Crisosto

; Heaney and Knight, 1994 ). The goal of this study was to investigate possible same-year beneficial effects of the QoI fungicide pyraclostrobin in the absence of disease pressure on antioxidant activity and commercially important peach fruit quality

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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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Carlos H. Crisosto, R. Scott Johnson, Kevin Day, and Ted DeJong

Studies on the influences of “orchard factors” such as cultivar, harvest time, crop load, fruit canopy position, irrigation, and nitrogen regimes were investigated for plums, nectarines, and peaches at the Kearney Agricultural Center (San Joaquin Valley, Calif.a). These preharvest factors affected internal browning and mealiness incidence differently. More-reliable benefits of treatments to eliminate or reduce internal breakdown may be accomplished by using outer canopy fruit. Optimum quality expression and subsequent consumer satisfaction for each cultivar can be achieved by understanding the role of preharvest factors and harvest time on fruit quality and potential postharvest life.

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Greg McCollum and Kim D. Bowman

fruit quality ( Bowman et al., 2016a ). Trees produced on ‘US-897’ are compact, making this rootstock attractive to growers who want to increase tree density. This is especially important in Florida as tree densities are increasing from a previous

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Rafael Urrea-López, Rocío I. Díaz de la Garza, and Juan I. Valiente-Banuet

response to salinity ( Aktas et al., 2006 ; Niu et al., 2010b ). In sensitive cultivars, salinity affects growth, yield, and fruit quality ( Ayers and Westcot, 1985 ; Lycoskoufis et al., 2005 ; Navarro et al., 2002 ). Bell pepper ( C. annuum L

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Wenjing Guan, Xin Zhao, and Donald J. Huber

nodes and lateral branches ( Davis and Perkins-Veazie, 2005 ) and flowering and harvest time ( Davis et al., 2008 ). With the increasing use of grafted vegetable plants, effects of grafting on fruit quality remain an intriguing topic owing to the growing

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Terence L. Robinson* and Christopher B. Watkins

In 2001 and 2002, we imposed a wide range of croploads (0-15 fruits/cm2 of TCA) on 4- and 5-year-old Honeycrisp/M.9 trees by manual hand thinning soon after bloom to define appropriate croploads that give adequate repeat bloom and also the best fruit quality. At harvest each year we evaluated fruit ripening and quality. Samples were stored for 5 months in air at 38 °F and 33 °F and evaluated for fruit firmness and storage disorders. Cropload was negatively correlated with tree growth, return bloom, fruit size, fruit red color, fruit sugar content, fruit starch content, fruit firmness, fruit acidity, fruit bitter pit, fruit senescent breakdown, fruit rot and fruit superficial scald, but was positively correlated with leaf blotch symptoms, fruit internal ethylene concentration at harvest, and fruit soggy breakdown. There was a strong effect of cropload on fruit size up to a cropload 7, beyond which there was only a small additional effect. Although there was considerable variation in return bloom, a relatively low cropload was required to obtain adequate return bloom. Fruit red color was reduced only slightly up to a cropload of 8 beyond which it was reduced dramatically. The reduced fruit color and sugar content at high croploads could indicate a delay in maturity of but, fruits from high croploads were also softer, had less starch and greater internal ethylene. It that excessive croploads advance maturity. Overall, croploads greater than 10 resulted in no bloom the next year, and poor fruit size, color and flavor, but these fruits tended to have the least storage disorders. Moderate croploads (7-8) resulted in disappointing return bloom and mediocre fruit quality. For optimum quality and annual cropping, relatively low croploads of 4-5 were necessary.

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Rangjian Qiu, Yuanshu Jing, Chunwei Liu, Zaiqiang Yang, and Zhenchang Wang

) are commonly used to describe yield–salinity relationship. The LF may affect the yield of peppers, but whether the LF also has an effect on the parameters of these models is unclear. Irrigation with saline water may in many cases improve fruit quality

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Stephen Southwick*

Quality of stone fruit is defined by fruit size, color, firmness, flavor, shape, general appearance, adhesion and size of the stone and fruit surface characteristics (e.g. fuzz, abrasions, pest damage). Cultural practices, such as pruning, nutrition, irrigation, growth regulator usage and pesticide applications can influence these quality characteristics to a greater or lesser extent. Adequate potassium nutrition can improve soluble solids and fruit size in plums. Excess nitrogen fertilization can soften peaches. Well-timed calcium sprays are thought to improve the firmness of sweet cherries, as are applications of gibberellin. Ethylene synthesis inhibitor usage can alter the timing of ripening, reduce early fruit drop and improve storage. Irrigation scheduling is a tool that can be used to regulate final fruit size and firmness, as well as time of maturation. Selective pruning is used to structure a tree's architecture for improved light penetration to improve fruit size and color. These and other production practices will be discussed in relation to how they affect fruit quality in stone fruit.

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Kristine M. Lang, Ajay Nair, and Kenneth J. Moore

crops ( Carey et al., 2009 ; Lamont, 2009 ) because they extend the growing season substantially ( Lamont, 2009 ; Reeve and Drost, 2012 ) while increasing yield ( Waterer, 2003 ) and improving fruit quality ( O’Connell et al., 2012 ). These