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David Sugar and P.H. Westigard

Residues of two fungicides (dodine and fenarimol) and two insecticide/acaricides (amitraz and formetanate) on pear (Pyrus communis L.) leaves were reduced by over-tree sprinkler irrigation applied 24 or 72 hours after pesticide treatment. The difference in residue persistence following over-tree irrigation applied at 24 vs. 72 hours after pesticide treatment was significant only for fenarimol. Residues on leaves from nonirrigated trees at 96 hours post-treatment had declined 24% to 57% from initial levels. Over-tree irrigation further reduced residues by 14% to 47%. For all compounds except dodine, foliar residues measured at 96 hours post-treatment were reduced from initial levels to a greater extent by factors other than over-tree irrigation. Chemical names used: dodecylguanidine monoacetate (dodine); α-(2-chlorophenyl)-α-(4-chlorophenyl)-5-pyrimidinemethanol (fenarimol); N'-(2,4-dimethylphenyl) -N-[[(2,4-dimethylphenyl) imino]methyl] -N-methylmethanimidamide (amitraz); N,N-dimethyl -N'-[3[[(methylamino) carbonyl]oxy]phenyl]methanimidamide (formetanate).

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David Sugar and Kate A. Powers

A study was conducted to determine whether or not the practice of harvesting `Sensation Red Bartlett' (SRB) pear (Pyres communis L.) fruit later than `Bartlett' fruit results in a higher risk of core breakdown development in SRB fruit. Over a range of harvest dates in 2 years of study, incidence of core breakdown in SRB fruit was lower than in `Bartlett' fruit from the same orchard. The disorder increased in both cultivars with longer storage periods, but was usually less in SRB than in `Bartlett'. Core breakdown in both cultivars was more severe in the second year of the study, when lower summer temperatures prevailed. SRB maintained higher fruit firmness on the tree than did `Bartlett'. Accordingly, harvesting SRB later than `Bartlett' appears to be an acceptable practice.

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David Sugar and Sally R. Basile

`Comice' pears (Pyrus communis) harvested early in the maturity range needed 25-31 days of storage at 0 °C to develop the capacity to ripen to an average firmness of 5 lbf within 5 days after being moved to 20 °C. After 24 h exposure to 100 ppm ethylene at 20 °C applied immediately after harvest, 17-27 days additional chilling were needed to develop ripening capacity, while ethylene exposure for 48 hours required an additional 7-17 days chilling. After 72 h ethylene exposure, ripeness was achieved within 5 days following 3 days cold storage, the minimum duration tested. Similar results were obtained when the sequence of ethylene treatment followed by cold storage was reversed. This technique may be applied to reduce the amount of time that `Comice' pears must be stored after harvest before marketing fruit with the capacity to ripen.

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Habib Khemira, P.B. Lombard, David Sugar, and Anita N. Azarenko

Mature hedgerows of `Anjou' pear (Pyrus communis L.) trees, planted north(N)-south (S) or east (E)-west (W), were used to study the effect of hedgerow orientation on fruiting and canopy exposure. In 1990, flower bud density tended to be lower on the E-W rows, especially on their N sides. Fruit set (FS) was highest on the S side of E-W rows and lowest on the N side, while the E and W sides of the N-S rows were intermediate. Crop density (CD) had a similar pattern as FS, with more fruit on the S than on the N side of the E-W rows. CD was more evenly distributed between the sides on the N-S hedgerows. Differences in FS and CD between sides were related to different levels of sunlight interception. Light exposure was lowest on the N sides of the E-W rows and highest on the S sides throughout the growing season and especially toward the equinoxes. Increased exposure to the sun on the S and W sides late in the season led to more fruit with solar injury. Fruit from E–W rows were larger and less firm. Accumulated yields over 11 years showed a 21.4% increase in the N-S rows over those of the E-W rows.

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Juan P. Zoffoli, Daryl Richardson, David Sugar, and Paul Chen

The brown color development on the skin of three varieties of pears (Bartllet, Packham's T. and Anjou) was characterized between 200 and 300 nm from hexane extracts of pear peel discs, with and without the application of the antioxidant Ethoxyquin (2700ppm) during -1°C storage and 20°C ripening. All the varieties presented a main peak at 232nm (afarnesene), which decreased in the storage as scald increased.

Absorbance at 259, 269, and 280nm (conjugated trienes) were characteristic of Anjou and Packham's Triumph fruits susceptible to the disorder. Bartlett fruits had a major peak at 259nm without the other secondary peaks.

The application of ethoxyquin reduced the oxidation of a farnesene, the formation of the conjugated trienes and intensity of scald in Packham's Triumph and Anjou fruits. However in Bartlett fruits this antioxidant was not very effective to reduce the scald.

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Habib Khemira, T. L. Righetti, David Sugar, and A. N. Azarenko

Current N fertilization practices, where high spring applications are utilized, may lead to excessive vegetative growth. However, high rates may not be required to maximize fruit yield and quality. Therefore, alternative strategies to minimize shoot growth while still providing the N needs of the tree were investigated. Mature `Comice' and `Bosc' pear trees were given one of the following treatments: a spring soil (SS) application of NH4NO3 nitrate at 112.5 kg/ha rate, a similar application in the fall after harvest (FS), a fall foliar (FF) spray of a 7.5% urea solution after harvest (FF), or no N (Control). Trees that received a FF application had the same leaf and fruit N content as control trees, but they yielded more fruit The SS application gave more vigorous trees than FF application. Yield, however, was not different.

A 15N enriched urea solution was applied at harvest as either a foliar spray, soil application, or combination of both treatments to mature `Comice' trees. Flower buds from trees that previously received a foliar treatment had 37% of their N derived from the foliar N application. No labeled N was detected in buds from the soil treatment These results indicate that vegetative and reproductive N requirements of fruit trees may be managed separately.

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Claudia Dussi, David Sugar, A. Azarenko, and T. Righetti

Fruit color of `Sensation' and `Max' Red Bartlett pears was analyzed once at mid-season and three times during later stages of fruit maturity with a Minolta CR-200b portable colorimeter. Color measurements were taken on sun-exposed and shaded fruit surfaces in three different growing locations in Oregon. Color change is nearly constant over time during fruit maturation. Both cultivars gained red and yellow on sun-exposed fruit surfaces, and lost red but gained yellow on shaded surfaces. `Sensation' gained red on sun-exposed surfaces to a greater extent than did `Max' at all locations. `Max' gained more yellow and lost more red on shaded surfaces than did `Sensation'. Differences between cultivars and locations were greater on shaded than on sun-exposed fruit surfaces. Greatest gain in both red and yellow on sun-exposed surfaces was associated with the warmest growing location. Visually perceived color change with maturity appears to be due both to loss of red on shaded surfaces and gain of yellow on all surfaces.

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David Sugar, Don C. Elfving, and Eugene A. Mielke

The effects of prohexadione-calcium (P-Ca) on fruit size and return bloom in three pear cultivars were evaluated in Medford and Hood River, Ore., and in Cashmere, Wash. A variety of treatment dosages and timings was applied to 4- and 5-year-old trees in 2 years of study. Fruit weight of `Bosc' and `Red Anjou' pears was not affected by P-Ca treatments at any location in either year. However, decreased weight of `Bartlett' pear fruit was associated with all P-Ca treatments in 1999 in Medford except for 83 ppm applied at 2.5 to 6.0 cm shoot growth (first treatment) plus 2, 4, 6, and 8 weeks after first treatment (WAFT) and 125 ppm applied at 2.5 to 6.0 cm growth plus 4 WAFT. `Bartlett' fruit weight was reduced in Medford in 2000 by all treatments except 125 ppm applied at 2.5 to 6.0 cm growth plus 4, 8, and 12 WAFT. In Cashmere in 2000, mean weight of `Bartlett' and `d'Anjou' fruit was reduced by treatments with 83 or 125 ppm applied at 2.5 to 6.0 cm growth plus 2, 4, and 6 WAFT and of `Bosc' pear by all treatments that included more than a single application of P-Ca. Crop load was not significantly different among treatments at any location. Return bloom in the year following P-Ca treatment was reduced in `Bosc' pears by some to most treatments at all locations in both years. In contrast, return bloom was reduced in `Bartlett' and `Anjou' pears only in Hood River in 1999.

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David Sugar, Richard J. Hilton, and Philip D. VanBuskirk

Tree growth and productivity in 'Doyenne du Comice' ('Comice') pear were not affected by kaolin (Surround WP) treatment programs consisting of applications at 30 or 60 g·L–1 of water applied either three or six times per growing season and repeated for 3 years. In 2 of 3 years, kaolin treatment programs reduced the extent of russet on the fruit surface, although the comparative effectiveness of different concentrations or numbers of applications was not consistent. It appears that kaolin treatment programs can be used in 'Comice' pear production without adverse effects on tree growth and performance. In a relatively high density planting (1098 trees/ha), 'Comice' pear trees growing on Pyrus calleryana rootstock were less yield-efficient and had lower bloom and crop density and fruit set than trees growing on Quince A (Cydonia oblonga) rootstock. Fruit from trees growing on P. calleryana were generally smaller and had less surface russet than did fruit from trees growing on Quince A.

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David Sugar, Timothy L. Righetti, Enrique E. Sanchez, and Habib Khemira

Management of pear (Pyrus communis L.) trees for low N and high Ca content in the fruit reduced the severity of postharvest fungal decay. Application of N fertilizer 3 weeks before harvest supplied N for tree reserves and for flowers the following spring without increasing fruit N. Calcium chloride sprays during the growing season increased fruit Ca content. Nitrogen and Ca management appear to be additive factors in decay reduction. Fruit density and position in the tree canopy influenced their response to N fertilization. Nitrogen: Ca ratios were lower in fruit from the east quadrant and bottom third of trees and from the distal portion of branches. High fruit density was associated with low N: Ca ratios. Nutritional manipulations appear to be compatible with other methods of postharvest decay control.