The Biology of Apples and Pears

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Overview

Biology of Apples and Pears is a comprehensive reference book on all aspects of pomology at the organ, tree and orchard level. It provides detailed information on propagation, root and shoot growth, rootstock effects, canopy development in relation to orchard design, flowering, pollination, fruit set, fruit growth, fruit quality factors and quality retention in store. It also deals with mineral nutrition, water relations and irrigation, diseases and pests, and biotechnology. The book emphasizes the scientific basis of modern tree and orchard management, and fruit storage. It describes key cultivar differences and their physiology and genetics, and environmental effects and cultivar x environment interactions in tropical and subtropical as well as temperate zone conditions. It is written for fruit growers, extension workers, plant breeders, biotechnologists and storage and crop protection specialists, as well as for 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. ...it 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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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

Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 The growing of apples and pears 4
2 Apples and pears and their relatives 22
3 Apple and pear root systems: induction, development, structure and function 84
4 The graft union, grafting and budding 126
5 Mechanisms of rootstock and interstock effects on scion vigour 141
6 The shoot system 157
7 Leaves, canopies and light interception 210
8 Photosynthesis, respiration, and carbohydrate transport, partitioning and storage 237
9 Flowers and fruits 268
10 Eating quality and its retention 341
11 Mineral nutrition 384
12 Water relations 415
13 Diseases, pests, and resistance to these 448
14 Biotechnology of apples and pears 473
Cultivar Index 483
General Index 485
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