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Fruit Science

p style="width:750px;">Pomology (from Latin pomum (fruit) + -logy (to study ) is a branch of botany that studies and cultivates fruit. The denomination fruticulture— (from Latin fructus and cultura)—is also used. Pomological research is mainly focused on the development, cultivation and physiological studies of fruit trees. The goals of fruit tree improvement include enhancement of fruit quality, regulation of production periods, and reduction of production cost. The primary objectives of the pomology program are to investigate factors that determine yield and fruit quality of tree fruit crops, as well as environmental issues surrounding tree fruit production. Experiments include investigating the use of new, dwarfing rootstocks, irrigation scheduling, plant bio-regulators besides enhancement of fruit quality, regulation of production periods, and reduction of production cost.

Objective:


  • Science-based performance of various rootstock/scion combinations under different orchard, environment and management systems.
  • Orchard management practices to improve production efficiency, profitability, and fruit quality
  • Use and physiology of plant bioregulators to regulate cropping, improve production efficiency and fruit quality
  • Mineral nutrition and soil management effects on fruit quality and tree growth
  • Beneficial use of organic and inorganic amendments for reducing soil-borne disease and herbicides and improving fruit quality and plant health
  • Fruit tree water relations, crop response to micro irrigation, and water conservation measures physiology
 
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