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Mahdi Fendri, Isabel Trujillo, Ahmed Trigui, María Isabel Rodríguez-García and Juan de Dios Alché Ramírez

Olive ( Olea europaea L.) is one of the oldest cultivated species in the Mediterranean basin. Tunisia has played an important role in the establishment of the crop in this area as a result of its dynamic history and geographical location ( Trigui

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Claudio Cantini, Antonio Cimato, Antonella Autino, Alessandro Redi and Mauro Cresti

olive ( Olea europaea L.) are suitable for individual fingerprinting and reveal polymorphism within ancient cultivars Theor. Appl. Genet. 104 223 228 De La Rosa, R. James, C.M. Tobutt, K.R. 2002 Isolation

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Josep Rufat, Agustí J. Romero-Aroca, Amadeu Arbonés, Josep M. Villar, Juan F. Hermoso and Miquel Pascual

, M. Arbonés, A. Girona, J. Tovar, M.J. 2002 Regulated deficit irrigation in olive trees Olea europaea L. cv. Arbequina for oil production Acta Hort. 586 259 262 Allen, R.G. Pereira, L.S. Raes, D. Smith, M. 1998 Crop evapotranspiration: Guidelines

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A. Fabbri, J.I. Hormaza and V.S. Polito

We have been screening olive (Olea europea L.) cultivars using the Random Amplified Polymorphic DNA (RAPD) technique. We examined 23 olive cultivars selected to represent the important olive-growing regions of the world. These include oil and table olive cultivars originating from throughout the Mediterranean area. A high degree of polymorphisms is evident in the olive germplasm we examined. Early results indicate that polymorphisms that exist within the species are sufficient to enable efficient development of RAPD markers for distinguishing olive cultivars.

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J. Cuevas, L. Rallo and H.F. Rapoport

We have compared reproductive processes and fruit set in Manzanillo and Frantoio olive cultivars which are reported in the literature respectively as incompatible and partially compatible. The same incompatibility reaction was observed in both cultivars. Pollen tube growth was almost completely inhibited beyond the stigma, but some degree of self-fertilization was accomplished. However, in both cultivars cross-pollination provided a earlier and higher level of fertilization. Differences in self-incompatibility behavior seemed related to the level and the amount of delay in self-fertilization. In the compatible variety, Frantoio, self-pollen tube growth was accomplished more rapidly and showed a higher level of self-fertilization than in the incompatible Manzanillo cultivar. Fruit set matched reproductive behavior.

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A. Belaj, Z. Satovic, L. Rallo and I. Trujillo

The aim of this work was to study in depth the resolving power of RAPD markers for rapid and reliable identification of olive cultivars in germplasm collections. The D parameter (the probability that two randomly chosen cultivars have different banding patterns), used for that purpose, showed high values for most of the 21 primers tested and its values ranged from 0.6114 (OPI-13) to 0.9762 (OPK-16) with a mean value of 0.8566. This parameter was used to select the five most discriminating primers: OPK-16, OPA-19, OPX-09, OPF-06 and OPZ-11. The joint confusion probability and the statistical number of indistinguishable pairs of cultivars were estimated for these primers (under independence hypothesis). The combination of three primers (OPK-16, OPA-19 and OPX-09) was found optimal for rapid discrimination of 103 cultivars with a very low value of cumulative confusion probability (1.72 × 10-5), leaving 0.09 pairs of cultivars indistinguishable. This fact, together with the efficiency of the most discriminating primers combination on an increasing number of cultivars, evidenced the utility of RAPD markers for discrimination of olive cultivars in collections and in nurseries.

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Antònia Ninot, Agustí Romero, Joan Tous and Ignasi Batlle

Olive oil production is mainly located around the Mediterranean Basin and some others areas of Mediterranean climate (e.g., Australia, Argentina, California, Chile). Hand harvesting of olives ( Olea europaea L.) for oil represents more than 50% of

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Innocenzo Muzzalupo, Francesca Stefanizzi and Enzo Perri

The olive tree ( Olea europaea L. subsp. europaea ) is one of the oldest cultivated plants, and its fruit has been used for nourishment for more than 5000 years in the Mediterranean regions where it originated. Olive is one of the Mediterranean

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Carolina Aparicio, Miguel Urrestarazu and María del Pilar Cordovilla

salinity and the interaction between Thymus vulgaris and Lavandula angustifolia on growth, ethylene production and essential oil contents J. Plant Nutr. 37 875 888 Demiral, M.A. 2005 Comparative response of two olive ( Olea europaea L.) cultivars to

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Luis Rallo

.F. León, L. De la Rosa, R. 2010 Olive seedling first-flowering position and management Sci. Hort. 124 74 77 Muñoz-Diez, C. 2008 Prospección, diversidad genética y conservación de ejemplares monumentales y poblaciones silvestres de olivo ( Olea europaea L