Many fruit growers in the Pacific Northwest region prefer to use a sprinkler system to produce high-quality fruit and to establish a cover crop in the orchard. However, water shortage mandates the use of more efficient methods of irrigation, such as drip. In this long-term experiment, the effects of seven irrigation systems for `Fuji' and two irrigation systems for `Gala' on five rootstocks on tree growth, water use, fruit quality, and mineral nutrients were studied. All forms of drip systems used less water than full micro-sprinkler (SP). Partial root drying sprinkler (PS) used 50% less water than SP. Trees with partial root drying drip and deficit drip had to receive 65% of full drip to survive. Each `Fuji' tree with SP used about 5397 L of water in 2004 and 5833 L in 2005, while each tree with full drip used 2403 L in 2004 and 3438 L in 2005. Thus, trees with full drip used 41% to 55% less water than those with SP system without any reduction in fruit quality. This leads to a major savings in the cost of fruit production. Fruit weight in trees with full drip was always greater than those with PS or deficit drip. Fruits with SP system had lower soluble solids than those with PS. Fruits from trees with partial drip had a higher starch degradation than those with other systems. Leaf minerals, particularly N and K, were affected by irrigation systems. `Pacific Gala' trees on B.9 rootstock were more precocious than those on Supporter-4 rootstock. In general, `Pacific Gala' on RN-29 had better tree performance and fruit quality than those on other rootstocks. The calculation of water requirements on a tree-use basis provided an excellent guide for drip irrigation.
Esmaeil Fallahi, James R. McFerson, and Bahar Fallahi
Esmaeil Fallahi and Ik-Jo Chun
Effects of rootstock and ground and fertigated applied nitrogen on productivity and fruit quality of `Fuji' apple was studied. In the fertigation portion of this project, treatments were as follows: 1) 22.4 kg N/ha per year, 2) 89.7 kg N/ha per year, 3) 89.7 kg N/ha per year plus 78.5 kg K/ha per year; 4) 156.9 kg N/ha per year; 5) 156.9 kg N/ha per year plus 78.5 kg K/ha per year. Fruit had optimum quality when leaf N concentrations were approximately between 1.9% to 2.15% dwt during light-cropping years and approximately between 2.12% to 2.40% during heavy-cropping years. Cross-sectional areas of `Nagafu-6 Fuji' trees were slightly smaller than those in `BC-2 Fuji' trees. Preliminary data also showed that mineral concentrations of leaves from various strains of `Fuji' do not significantly vary. In 1998, trees from 22.4 kg N/ha zone had lower leaf N, resulting in lower leaf area and lower photosynthesis but better fruit color than those with higher N applications. In 1998, trees on Ottawa-3 had higher yield than those on B.9, M.26, and M.7. Trees on B9 had lower leaf N and smaller fruit than those on other rootstocks. Fruit on M.7 rootstock were larger, but had the worst color among all rootstocks. Fruit on M.9 had better color than those other rootstocks. Trees with 2.43-m in-row spacing had significantly higher photosynthesis than those of 1.22-m spacing.
Esmaeil Fallahi and Brenda R. Simons
The influence of three rootstocks, various levels of soil-applied nitrogen in fall, and spring spray applications with and without minimum ground nitrogen on tree growth, productivity, leaf and fruit nutrient partitioning, and postharvest quality of fruit at harvest and after storage in `B.C. 2 Fuji' apple was studied over several seasons. Early results showed that trees on M.26 and M.9 were more precocious and had higher yield and yield efficiency. Trees on M.9 had significantly higher leaf Ca and incidence of sunburned fruit than those on other rootstocks. Trees on M.7 had larger fruit and higher leaf N, K, and Cu, but had lower fruit starch degradation pattern (SDP) and leaf Ca. Soluble solids at harvest were lower in fruit from trees on M.26 rootstock. Trees with fall nitrogen application had lower leaf N and better fruit color. Lower quantities of N application had smaller fruit but better fruit color and higher firmness at harvest. Fruit from all rootstocks did not produce ethylene for several days in the ripening chambers. After this period, fruit on M.9 rootstock produced ethylene before those from other rootstocks. Trees established with only nitrogen spray without any ground application had leaf N deficiency after they started bearing fruit. Establishment of a new `Fuji' orchard based on only nitrogen spray produced weak trees with low yield and yield efficiency, while addition of a small quantity of ground-applied N improved tree growth and fruit quality.
Bhimanagouda S. Patil, Kevin Crosby, David Byrne, and Kendal Hirschi
, 2011 ). Breeders should also consider taste and quality while breeding for nutritional benefits. These two parameters significantly impact the acceptance of fruits and vegetables. For example, increasing the levels of bioactive compounds that contribute
Verónica De Luca, Diego Gómez de Barreda, Antonio Lidón, and Cristina Lull
, drought, disease, and nutrition) to reduce polluting agricultural inputs such as fertilizers and pesticides. A priority for many turfgrass managers is to maintain high-quality turfgrass while minimizing their environmental risk. The objective of our
Adriana Contreras-Oliva, Cristina Rojas-Argudo, and María B. Pérez-Gago
also performed to determine changes during postharvest handling. At present, the nutritional quality is gaining interest, being a component of the overall quality that is very much valued by consumers. In particular, citrus fruits are an important
Hagai Yasuor, Alon Ben-Gal, Uri Yermiyahu, Elie Beit-Yannai, and Shabtai Cohen
source of bioactive nutrients such as vitamin C, provitamin A (carotenoids), phenolic compounds, and potassium, which define its nutritional quality and antioxidant capacity ( Flores et al., 2004 ). Carotenoids, particularly lycopene, are powerful natural
Carmen Mena, Alejandra Z. González, Raúl Olivero-David, and María Ángeles Pérez-Jiménez
structure and concentration of some compounds ( Ryan et al., 2002 ; Yousfi et al., 2006 ). These changes are reflected in the quality grade, sensory characteristics, oxidative stability, and nutritional value of the obtained product. The magnitude of these
Natalie Bumgarner, Sheri Dorn, Esther McGinnis, Pam Bennett, Ellen Bauske, Sarada Krishnan, and Lucy Bradley
question remains whether enhanced nutrition of colorful potato cultivars will result in increased consumer demand. Yukon Gold, a yellow-flesh cultivar, has become popular for its gourmet cooking qualities, but the number of U.S. acres in production remains
Robert E. Rouse, Monica Ozores-Hampton, Fritz M. Roka, and Pamela Roberts
) to evaluate the severe pruning in combination with foliar nutrition treatments on tree growth, yield and juice quality and 2) to evaluate the cost effectiveness of rehabilitating a tree through pruning and an enhanced foliar nutritional treatment