Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment




Vol 7, Issue 3&4,2009
Online ISSN: 1459-0263
Print ISSN: 1459-0255


Influence of different types of pruning on cherry tomato fruit production and quality


Author(s):

José L. Franco, Manuel Díaz, Fernando Diánez, Francisco Camacho *

Recieved Date: 2009-07-15, Accepted Date: 2009-10-07

Abstract:

The aim of this study was to determine the most efficient pruning system with cherry tomato to achieve the highest level of production without loss of quality and, thus, to provide growers with an efficient management system. The study was done at the University of Almeria Anecoop Experimental Farm Foundation, Almeria, Spain (36º51’78”N; 2º17’08”W). Two pruning systems, T0 with a main stem and a secondary stem (2S) and T1 with a main stem and a secondary stem plus four lateral branches with two racemes each (2S + 4B), were compared using the cherry tomato cultivar Salomée. System T1 resulted in a significantly larger quantity of fruit and a greater output in terms of weight per unit surface area. There was no significant difference in the quality parameters measured. Two elevated phases of production, harvesting in the greenhouses and in the summer, were obtained during the crop cycle for system T1, coinciding with harvesting from the additional branches (4B).

Keywords:

Cherry tomato, pruning, stems (branches), production, quality


Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2009
Volume: 7
Issue: 3&4
Category: Agriculture
Pages: 248-253


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