|Author:||Zegbe, J.A. ; Lang, A. ; Clothier, B.E. ; Behboudian, M.H.|
|Book Group Author:||NA|
Quality and storability of 'Pacific Rose' apple grown under partial rootzone drying (PRD) were studied over 2 years. The treatments were commercial irrigation (CI) and PRD, which were applied by watering one side of the tree row throughout the season (Expt. 1) or by alternating irrigation between two sides of the tree row when volumetric soil water content ranged between 0.18 and 0.22 m3℗''m-3 (Expt. 2). The PRD and CI fruit had similar quality attributes at harvest and after storage except that the former had lower weight loss during storage in Exp. 1 and a lower firmness after storage in Exp. 2. Compared with CI, PRD saved water by 0.15 mega liters per hectare in Exp. 1 and by 0.14 mega liters per hectare in Exp. 2. We recommend PRD for humid environments similar to ours.
|Pages:||952 - 954|
|Journal:||HortScience : a publication of the American Society forHorticultural Science|
firmness, harvest date, water use, irrigation water, wateruse efficiency, soil water content, apples, Malus domestica, fruitquality, deficit irrigation, storage quality, New Zealand