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David E. Zaurov, Thomas J. Molnar, Sasha W. Eisenman, Timothy M. Ford, Ravza F. Mavlyanova, John M. Capik, C. Reed Funk, and Joseph C. Goffreda

Central Asia is a center of origin for many important fruit and nut tree species, including wild and cultivated apricots ( Prunus armeniaca ) ( Vavilov, 1931 , 1951 ). Apricots, considered by many to be one of the most delicious tree fruits, have

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Timothy L. Creger and Frank J. Peryea

Fruit trees grown in soils contaminated with lead arsenate (PbHAsO4) pesticide residues are subject to arsenic (As) phytotoxicity, a condition that may be exacerbated by use of phosphate fertilizers. A potted soil experiment was conducted to examine the influence of phosphate fertilizer on accumulation of As and lead (Pb) in apricot (Prunus armeniaca) seedlings grown in a lead arsenate-contaminated Burch loam coil. Treatments were fertilizer source (mono-ammonium phosphate [MAP], ammonium hydrogen sulfate [AHS]) and rate (0, 8.7, 17.4, and 26.1 -mmol/liter), and presence/absence of lead, arsenate contamination (231 -mg/kg coil). Plant biomass accumulation was reduced by lead arsenate presence and by high fertilizer rates, the latter due to soil salinization. Phytoaccumulation of As was enhanced by lead arsenate presence and by increasing MAP rate but was not influenced by AHS rate, salinity, or acidity of soil. Phytoaccumulation of Pb was enhanced by lead arsenate presence but was not influenced by fertilizer treatment.

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Muttalip Gündoğdu, Tuncay Kan, and Mustafa Kenan Gecer

and cultivar ( Prunus armeniaca L.) used in all of the experiments were fresh apricots harvested. Fruits were harvested at deep orange 1 (fully ripe) in Malatya, Turkey ( Table 1 ). At each harvest date, we formed random lots, each with 30 fruits

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Xiaohong Wu, Duan Wang, Xuefeng Chen, Congwei Sun, Xiping Zhao, and Chenjuan Jing

Apricot ( Prunus armeniaca L.) is one of the important fruit trees originating from China, and it is highly appreciated by consumers because of its early ripening, gorgeous colors, and nutritional content ( Zhang and Zhang, 2003 ). Apricot

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Issam A. Hassaballa, M.G. Moughieth, N.A. Hagagy, and N.S. Zayed

Shoot tip and single-node cutting explants of `Hamawy' and `El-Amar' apricot cultivars were initiated from forced shoots of field-grown, virus-free trees. Explants were cultured on Murashige & Skoog (MS) Nitsch & Nitsch and Anderson media. Different modifications of MS medium were also evaluated. Antioxidant pretreatment reduced phenolic compounds and decreased necrosis. Modified MS was the best medium for plantlets regeneration, with positive effectiveness of adenine sulfate addition to the modified MS. Shoot multiplication was best on 2.0 mg·L–1 BAP and 1.0 mg·L–1 thidiazuron (TDZ). Also, half-strength MS medium was superior for shoot elongation Surface coverage, 16 hours light/8 hours dark cycle, and 2.0 mg·L–1 IBA induced good rooting. Rooted plantlets were successfully acclimated ex vitro.

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L. Burgos, T. Berenguer, and J. Egea

Eight apricot (Prunus armeniaca L.) cultivars were self- and cross-pollinated to determine pollen compatibility. Pollen tube growth in the laboratory and the percentage of fruit set in the orchard were evaluated. The results confirmed that `Moniqui Fino' and `Velázquez Tardío' are self-incompatible and established that `Gitano', `Pepito del Cura', and `Velázquez Fino' are also self-incompatible. No cross-incompatibility was found in the 25 cross-combinations.

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P. Martínez-Gómez, M. Rubio, and F. Dicenta

The resistance to a Dideron isolate of Plum pox virus, which causes sharka disease, of four apricot (Prunus armeniaca L.) cultivars from North America (`Harlayne', `Henderson', `Sunglo', and `Veecot') and a Greek cultivar Lito (a cross of American cultivar Stark Early Orange × Greek cultivar Precoce Tirynthos) was evaluated. `Stark Early Orange' and `Canino', previously rated as resistant and susceptible respectively, were included as controls. Resistance, herein, was defined as inability to infect plants by graft-inoculation and negative assays by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Cultivars found to be resistant were: `Harlayne', `Henderson', `Sunglo', `Lito', and `Stark Early Orange'. Cultivars Veecot and Canino were susceptible.

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Nurdan Tuna Gunes

The frost hardiness of five apricot (Prunus armeniaca L.) cultivars used for drying and/or the fresh market was investigated under controlled conditions and in the orchard. The hardiness of flower buds at three different development stages, such as first white, first bloom, and full bloom, was tested at –4 °C for 1 hour and 3 hours in the laboratory. The flower buds of `Kabaasi', `Sekerpare', and `Alyanak' were hardier. The field observations obtained from the apricot orchard where the late frost occurred at night on 3 to 4 Apr. 2004 supported this result, and the temperatures at frost date varied from –2 to –9 °C.

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Paul T. Austin, Errol W. Hewett, Dominique Noiton, and Julie A. Plummer

Integer values used to represent apricot (Prunus armeniaca L.) flower bud growth stages in a phenological scale were adjusted by a simple technique based on cumulative counts of bud observations. Adjusted stage values on a new continuous scale were calculated so that differences between consecutive values were proportional to the frequency with which buds were observed in each growth stage class during the entire assessment period. This meant that adjusted scale values were linearly related to bud development rate at 20 °C. The method was applied to a scale describing flower development from budbreak to petal fall for three cultivars of apricot growing under orchard conditions.

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T.L. Creger and F.J. Peryea

Phosphate fertilizer additions to soils containing lead arsenate (LA) pesticide residues can increase As volubility. Apricot (Prunus armeniaca L.) rootstock liners were grown in nondraining pots containing Burch loam soil that received a factorial treatment combination: 1) LA enrichment [no added LA (-LA), and LA added at 138 mg Pb/kg and 50 mg As/kg (+LA)]; 2) fertilizer type [monoammonium phosphate (MAP) and its sulfur analog ammonium hydrogen sulfate (AHS)]; and 3) fertilizer anion rate (0-26.1 mol/m3 soil). Measured response variables were soil salinity and pH, plant biomass, and plant As and Pb concentrations. Both MAP and AHS increased soil electrical conductivity (EC) and decreased soil pH, with AHS usually being more salinizing and acidifying than MAP was at equivalent rates. Adding LA reduced shoot and root mass and increased As and Pb concentration in shoots and roots. Shoot and root mass were inversely related to soil EC in the -LA soil but not in the +LA soil. Adding MAP increased shoot and root As concentration in the +LA soil, but adding AHS had no effect. Fertilizer type and rate did not influence shoot As concentration or root Pb concentration in the -LA soil or shoot Pb concentration in either the +LA or -LA soil. Adding AHS to the +LA soil increased root Pb concentration. These results are consistent with a P-enhanced solid-phase As release mechanism, which consequently increases plant uptake of soil As. Phosphate amendment had no effect on soil Pb phytoavailability.