The Biology of Apples and Pears

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This comprehensive reference on all aspects of pomology at the organ, tree and orchard level describes the main varieties and rootstocks, and the factors controlling their growth, cropping, fruit quality, storage life, fertilizer and irrigation needs. It emphasizes the principles underlying modern high-density planting and the production of fruits in environments ranging from temperate to tropical. The book will be suitable for fruit farmers and technical advisors as well as scientific researchers and students of pomology and horticulture.
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"John E. Jackson has compiled an outstanding work integrating apple and pear biology and horticulture. It is clearly written, up-to-date, and covers an enormous amount of material. will surely become a handbook and first reference for all workers in pome fruits." Chronica Horticulturae

"The most comprehensive work available on the subject of apple and pear biology and cultivation. Highly recommended for academic and research libraries supporting agriculture, horticulture, or food science programs." E-STREAMS

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521380188
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2003
  • Series: Biology of Horticultural Crops Series
  • Pages: 500
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

John Jackson was formerly Head of the Pomology Department and Deputy Director at the East Malling Research Station, UK and Officer-in-Charge at the Horticultural Research Centre, Marondera, Zimbabwe.
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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The growing of apples and pears; 2. Apples and pears and their relatives; 3. Apple and pear root systems: induction, development, structure and function; 4. The graft union, grafting and budding; 5. Mechanisms of rootstock and interstock effects on scion vigour; 6. The shoot system; 7. Leaves, canopies and light interception; 8. Photosynthesis, respiration, and carbohydrate transport partitioning and storage; 9. Flowers and fruits; 10. Eating quality and its retention; 11. Mineral nutrition; 12. Water relations; 13. Diseases, pests and resistance to these; 14. Biotechnology of apples and pears; Index.
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