A `Cheeky®’ pear to bridge the gap!

Author: Ian Crouch, Experico

`Cheeky®’, a new blushed pear cultivar, may be the answer to maintaining a continual supply of South African export bi-colour pears, says Experico’s Dr Ian Crouch.

`Rosemarie’ and `Flamingo’ historically establish the South African bi-colour pear export market in week 8, followed by `Forelle’ from week 20. A typical consumer doesn’t differentiate […]

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VIDEOS: Principles of fruit production

Emerging fruit growers gained access to valuable knowledge on the principles of fruit production in the at the HORTGRO Science Technical Symposium 2016 which took place in June at Allee Bleue wine estate in Simondium.

The first day of the symposium was aimed at growers who were new to the deciduous fruit industry. This event […]

Interpera 2016: Don’t miss the 9th world pear congress

Investigating INTERPERA Synergy



Every year INTERPERA is organised by the Assembly of the European Regions producing Fruit, Vegetables and Ornamental Plants (AREFLH) and by a local partner in a pear-producing country. Next year, the AREFLH would like to have the conference in South Africa in collaboration with HORTGRO. The AREFLH asked INTERCO Aquitaine to organise a mission […]

Controlling Nematodes in Pome Fruit

Practical Guidelines for the short- and long- term control of nematodes

By Sheila Storey

Nematodes are microscopic worm-like organisms that
attack the roots of plants. Damaged roots result in a
reduced uptake of nutrients and water.
Pome fruit is primarily attacked by root-lesion, dagger
and stubby root nematodes. Root-knot nematodes,
which cause the characteristic galls on roots, do not
attack pome fruit. Due to […]

Penicillium rot of apples and pears

INTRODUCTION The South African pome fruit industry is a major player in the global export markets. Large export volumes of apples and pears (632 575 tons for the 2012/2013 season) require well-organised supply management systems to ensure that high quality fruit arrive blemish free at the export destinations (Hortgro, 2013). However, extended supply chains […]


Botrytis cinerea causes three types of postharvest decay on pears, viz. (i) calyx-end decay, (ii) fruit stalk decay and (iii) wound decay. Of these, wound decay is the most predominant type of decay. Each type of decay takes place via a characteristic infection pathway.The control of each type of decay therefore requires a different […]


The basic aim of monitoring codling moth populations in orchards is to generate appropriate and timely information that allows for the efficient management of the insect. To achieve this, resources and labour have to be dedicated to the task, and the entire process must be carefully managed. In addition, the process requires a year […]

New Rootstock for Pears


Profitable fruit production requires early, sustained production/ha of high quality fruit. The popular South African rootstocks, BP1 and BP3 tend to be too vigorous for modern high density orchards and dwarfing, precocious rootstocks are required. A rootstock demonstration trial, consisting of a single row of ‘Forelle’ on four pear [BP1, Pyrodwarf™ (PD), OHF217, […]

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