Fundamental Understanding

Fundamental Understanding

It is important to have 10 – 15% of the research portfolio dedicated to more basic research in order to develop a fundamental understanding of fruit physiology. This often leads to solutions. Exposing plums to ambient conditions for 48 to 72 hours after harvest induced severe moisture loss. A 2% loss in the total mass of the fruit due to moisture loss causes shrivel manifestation. African Delight plums with concentric cracks should not be exported.

Projects list

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Current Projects
  • Moisture loss studies in Japanese plums (Prunus salicina Lindl). (E Lötze and I Kritzinger)
Completed Projects
  • Moisture loss studies in nectarines. (K Theron, M Jooste and K Chigwaya)
  • A study of the peel permeabilities of Japanese plums to moisture during fruit development on the tree. (K Theron and G Lötze)