The ‘Net Gain’ amid water & climate challenges

By Prof Wiehann Steyn

This blog article, probably not surprisingly, is about water and climate. Research in the Crop Production programme is aimed at achieving the goals and address risks to the Orchard of the Future. At the 2016 HORTGRO Science symposium, attendees scored water availability and climate change as the greatest future risks that […]

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 […]

Medflies don’t mind dry conditions, study shows

Stellenbosch – A drying trend in the Western Cape could spell problems for stone and pome fruit producers in the region, as recent findings suggest that the Mediterranean fruit fly (Ceratitus capitata) can tolerate dry conditions.

The Medfly is one of the world’s most destructive agricultural pests with a high reproductive potential and whose female […]

NEMATODE FACT FILE

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 and dagger nematodes.  Root-knot nematodes, which cause the characteristic galls on roots, do not attack pome fruit.  Due to the absence of these galls it is […]

SmartFresh™: The Latest Innovation in Fruit Storage. Some preliminary results on South African pome and stone fruit.

SmartFresh™ is an exciting new breakthrough in the postharvest storage of fresh fruit and vegetables. American scientists at North Carolina University invented 1-methycyclopropene (1-MCP), an antagonist ethylene inhibitor in horticultural products. The technology, now known as SmartFresh™, has been aquired and developed for use on fresh fruit and vegetables by AgroFresh Inc, a Rohm […]

THE IDENTIFICATION OF PLANTS, PATHOGENS, INSECTS AND NEMATODES THROUGH DNA FINGERPRINTING

1. PLANTS Cultivar typing has traditionally been based on phenotypic characteristics of mature fruit trees. This method is subjected to environmental changes and human judgement, and often a decision on the authenticity of a plant is made with the fruit as single criterion. This process, in the case of pears, can take up to […]

Monitoring Systems for Pests on Pome Fruit

Monitoring systems form the backbone of insect pest management. The use of a monitoring system can improve pest detection, making it possible to avoid over and under spraying.

Full brochure HERE: 13._monitoring_system_pome_fruit

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 […]

REVIEW of FRUIT EXHIBITIONS

Chris Smith, the ARC’s acting research team manager, gives his impression of the fruit exhibitions that were held at the ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij this season and the value that it brings to the industry.

Watch Chris here: http://youtu.be/HxyzQG230fY

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Harvest Maturity Index

Summary of Recommendations • It must be recognized that the maturity of fruit at harvest has a critical role in determining how long fruit can be stored and whether or not it will meet retail/consumer requirements at outturn. • There are a number of market niches that may be met immediate sales of tree-ripened […]

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