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The objective of this study was to determine the effect of Rhodopseudomonas p., which isolated from domestic soil on the density of microorganism in soil, leaf and SSC in pear (Pyrus pyrifolia) fruit. The solution of Rhodopseudomonas p. was sprayed over canopy and fertigated around trunk in 12-year-old `Niitaka' pear with Y-training system. The spray and fertigation were performed 11 times at 15-day intervals from 22 Apr. to 22 Sept. with 200 times diluted solution (v/v). The width and length of treated leaf was increased by 1.4 mm and 0.9 mm compared to them of control. There was no difference in chlorophyll a content between treatments. The treatment increased SSC relatively to control by 0.7% and fruit firmness by 0.29 higher but there was no difference fruit weight. Hinter `L' value was higher by 3.5 and Hunter `a' lower by 0.2 compared to control so fruit color was more clean than control. In fertigation treatment, the density of microorganism and fluorescent bacteria in soil showed increasing tendency compared to control but the opposite in bacteria. These results suggested that the spray and fertigation of Rhodopseudomonas p. solution improve SSC and color of pear fruit.

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