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Margarita Pérez-Jiménez, Almudena Bayo-Canha, Gregorio López-Ortega, and Francisco M. del Amor

Cherry ( Prunus avium L.) is an important and valuable agricultural and timber crop throughout Europe ( Centritto et al., 1999 ). Therefore, in the last few decades, increasing attention has been paid to solving different problems related to its

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Amy F. Iezzoni

1 To whom reprint requests should be addressed; e-mail iezzoni@msu.edu . The financial support from the Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station and the following grower organizations to support the MSU cherry

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F. Kappel, P. Toivonen, D.-L. McKenzie, and S. Stan

Research Commission, Oregon Sweet Cherry Commission, and the Matching Investment Initiative program of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is greatly appreciated.

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Moritz Knoche, Eckhard Grimm, and Henrik Jürgen Schlegel

Rain-induced cracking severely limits production of many soft-textured, drupe, and berry fruits. Sweet cherry is a prominent example of the former ( Christensen, 1996 ). Cracking is commonly assumed to result from increased fruit turgor, caused by

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Marlene Ayala and Gregory Lang

; Teng et al., 2001 , 2002 ; Wünsche et al., 2005 ). In sweet cherry, reproductive and vegetative growth occurs simultaneously during spring and early summer ( Roper et al., 1987 ). FS and NFS leaf area (LA) is derived from preformed vegetative

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O.I. Padilla-Zakour, K.S. Tandon, and J.M. Wargo

Farms Inc. for providing the cherries and Tom Gibson for laboratory support. We are grateful to Dr. Terence Robinson and Dr. Courtney Weber for the initial review of this manuscript.

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Kylara A. Papenfuss and Brent L. Black

fruit size decreases ( Intrigliolo and Castel, 2005 ; Torrecillas et al., 2000 ). For crops that are processed and dried such as prune and tart cherry, the dry weight yield is more economically important than the fresh weight yield. For prune, gradually

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Yiannis G. Ampatzidis and Matthew D. Whiting

The harvest process for most fresh-market tree fruit crops is labor-intensive and time-consuming. For sweet cherry ( Prunus avium L.), harvest costs generally account for 50% to 60% of total production costs ( Seavert et al., 2008 ), yet despite

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Andreas Winkler, Max Ossenbrink, and Moritz Knoche

Rain cracking is a problem for sweet cherry production in all countries where this very high-value crop is grown ( Christensen, 1996 ). Despite considerable research effort the mechanistic basis of the phenomenon is still poorly understood. The

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Frank Kappel

Low-temperature injury to sweet cherry fruit buds during bloom can significantly reduce production. Careful site selection to avoid spring frosts is an important consideration when planting new sweet cherry orchards ( Longstroth and Perry, 1996