Achieving Sustainable Cultivation of Apples Volume 2: Cultivation Techniques and Sustainability


Available for Pre-order. Due September 2021.
Achieving Sustainable Cultivation of Apples Volume 2: Cultivation Techniques and Sustainability Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited Pages: 220 Language: English ISBN: 9781786760395 Categories: , , , ,

Originating in Central Asia, apples are one of the most important fruits globally and are grown in over 100 countries. Apple cultivation faces a number of challenges. Increasing global competition has put the focus on lowering costs whilst further improving sensory quality and shelf-life. There is a need to reduce inputs such as water, fertiliser and labour, both to save costs and reduce environmentally-damaging emissions and pollution. There is a continual battle with fungal, viral and bacterial diseases as well as insect pests. In the long term there is a need for new varieties able to withstand disease or more extreme conditions associated with climate change. This means preserving genetic variety and exploiting new molecular breeding techniques opened up by the sequencing of the apple genome in 2010. Drawing on an international range of expertise, this collection focuses on ways of improving the cultivation of apples as a food crop at each step in the value chain, from breeding through to post-harvest storage. Volume 2 focusses on cultivation techniques. It includes chapters on tree training, pruning and thinning operations, soil and nutrient management as well as irrigation. The book also reviews developments in mechanization and methods for control of postharvest diseases as well as postharvest storage and handling. Concluding chapters address wider issues such as economics, consumer trends and sustainability. Achieving sustainable cultivation of apples Volume 2: Cultivation techniques will be a standard reference for fruit and horticultural scientists in universities, government and other research centres and companies producing apples. It is accompanied by Volume 1 which reviews research in apple physiology and breeding as well as diseases and pests and their management.

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Author Biography

Dr Kate Evans is Professor of Horticulture at the Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center at Washington State University, USA. Gerry Neilsen obtained his Soils Science at McGill University in Montreal in 1977 and has worked at PARC-Summerland and at the national Soil Research Institutes in Ottawa and Aberdeen Scotland as well as with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture in Guelph Ontario in a research career spanning 37 years. Since his retirement in 2015 he has been an Honorary Research Associate at Summerland. At the Pacific Agriculture Research Centre in Summerland he has investigated soil and nutrient management strategies for intensive horticultural production systems including vegetables, temperate tree fruits and grapes. Considerable effort has been placed on development of techniques to optimize plant and fruit nutrition via fertigation, foliar and soil amendment and fertilizer applications of nutrients including N, P, K, B and Zn. The effects of orchard and vineyard floor vegetation management, mulching and organic soil amendments on nutrient cycling, soil quality and tree performance have also been assessed. He has authored or co-authored 160+ scientific manuscripts. Professor Chris Watkins is Herman H. Cohn Professor of Horticulture and Associate Dean at Cornell University and Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension. An internationally-renowned expert on postharvest physiology, and a Fellow of the American Society for Horticultural Science. He is the current Chair of the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) Division for Postharvest and Quality Assurance, and a member of the editorial board of the journal Postharvest Biology and Technology.