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2: Flowering, Fruit Set and Development

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Flowering, Fruit Set and Development

Maria Herrero,1* Javier Rodrigo2 and Ana Wünsch2

Estación Experimental Aula Dei, CSIC, Zaragoza, Spain; 2Unidad de

Hortofruticultura, Centro de Investigación y Tecnología Agroalimentaria de

Aragón, Instituto Agroalimentario de Aragón – IA2 (CITA-Universidad de Zaragoza), Zaragoza, Spain


2.1 Introduction

Cherry trees are a paradigm of how flower biology influences the final crop. While some

8 weeks elapse from flower to mature fruit, the crop load is established very early after flowering, within approximately 4  weeks, although preharvest fruit abscission (‘June drop’) can modify the apparent crop load in some years. Differences between growing and non-growing flowers are determined as early as 1 week after pollination, a time that is concomitant with fertilization (Hedhly et al.,

2007). What occurs during this short bloom time, along with the prebloom stages of flower development, are critical to understand fruit set.

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17: Fruit Chemistry, Nutritional Benefits and Social Aspects of Cherries

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Fruit Chemistry, Nutritional Benefits and Social Aspects of Cherries

Manuel Joaquín Serradilla,1 Milica Fotiric´ Akšic´, 2 George A. Manganaris,3

Sezai Ercisli,4 David González-Gómez5 and Daniel Valero6


Scientific and Technological Research Centre of Extremadura (CICYTEX), Junta de

Extremadura, Badajoz, Spain; 2Faculty of Agriculture, University of Belgrade, Belgrade,

Zemun, Serbia; 3Cyprus University of Technology, Lemesos, Cyprus; 4Agricultural

Faculty, Ataturk University, Erzurum, Turkey; 5Teacher Training College, University of

Extremadura, Cáceres, Spain; 6EPSO, University Miguel Hernández, Alicante, Spain

17.1 Introduction

Cherry nutritional composition, phytochemical content and antioxidant capacity should be considered on a cultivar/genotype basis since many new cultivars that enter into the market through the breeding programmes

(Sansavini and Lugli, 2008) have apparent differences for both qualitative and phytochemical antioxidants contents (Ballistreri et al., 2013; Goulas et al., 2015). The breeding programmes have led to the release of numerous cultivars, where the main attributes considered were bearing habits, ripening period, fruit size and yield, increased fertility, reduced susceptibility to environmental damage and diseases, extension of seasonality, especially for early-ripening genotypes, and resistance to cracking. However, to the best of our knowledge, phytochemical status and nutritional properties are not being evaluated through the breeding programmes.

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19: Postharvest Biology and Handling for Fresh Markets

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Postharvest Biology and Handling for Fresh Markets

Juan Pablo Zoffoli,1* Peter Toivonen2 and Yan Wang3

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile; 2Summerland

Research and Development Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada,

Summerland, British Columbia, Canada; 3Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Oregon State University, Oregon, USA


19.1 Introduction

Sweet cherry is an edible drupe that can be classified according to the physical or pomological characteristics of the fruit. The Bigarreau and Duroni groups (Italy) include cultivars with firm flesh, while the Guigne

(France), Gean (England) and Tenerine groups

(Italy) include soft and tender flesh. Only

Bigarreau cherries are firm enough for commercial use, being better able to withstand the rigours of harvest, postharvest handling and long-distance transport. Fruit have either dark- or light-coloured flesh. Dark cherries are red to reddish-purple or mahogany in colour, whereas light cherries (so-called white) are yellow, usually with a pink to red partial blush on the yellow skin. Fruit vary in shape from round to oval to heart-shaped, and their pedicels vary in length from 2 to 8 cm

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6: Rootstocks and Improvement

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Rootstocks and Improvement

Károly Hrotkó1* and Elz˙bieta Rozpara2

Faculty of Horticultural Science, Szent István University, Budapest, Hungary;


Research Institute of Horticulture, Skierniewice, Poland


6.1 Introduction

Rootstocks for cherries are chosen from among taxa showing appropriate graft compatibility. Considering this criteria, Prunus avium, Prunus cerasus, Prunus mahaleb and Prunus fruticosa, as well as their hybrids and some related taxa, can be used as rootstocks.

Further factors that influence rootstock use are the diverse pedoclimatic conditions in the different sites. Rootstocks remain important tools for extending the site adaptability of sweet and sour cherry cultivars, and also allow growers to plant cherries in suboptimal sites. Although modern sweet cherry orchard systems, the so-called ‘pedestrian orchards’, require dwarfing and precocious rootstocks, the rootstocks used in sweet and sour cherry orchards are still diverse. The training system and rootstock must be considered together, and matched properly with the vigour of the soil fertility and climate of the orchard site. Growers of intensive orchards, producing hand-picked cherries for fresh market, prefer dwarfing rootstocks, which allow planting densities of up to 1000–5000 trees ha–1 (Robinson,

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16: Viruses, Viroids, Phytoplasmas and Genetic Disorders of Cherry

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Viruses, Viroids, Phytoplasmas and Genetic Disorders of Cherry

Delano James,1* Mirosława Cies´lin´ska,2 Vicente Pallás,3 Ricardo Flores,3 Thierry

Candresse4 and Wilhelm Jelkmann5


Sidney Laboratory – Centre for Plant Health, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, North

Saanich, British Columbia, Canada; 2Research Institute of Horticulture, Skierniewice,

Poland; 3Instituto de Biología Molecular y Celular de Plantas (UPV-CSIC), Universidad

Politécnica de Valencia, Valencia, Spain; 4Equipe de Virologie, UMR 1332 Biologie du

Fruit et Pathologie, INRA et Université de Bordeaux, Villenave d’Ornon Cedex, France;


Julius Kuhn Institute, Institute for Plant Protection in Fruit Crops and Viticulture,

Dossenheim, Germany

16.1 Introduction

Cherries are infected by a range of viruses, viroids and phytoplasmas. Some of these cause severe diseases, having a significant impact on commercial cherry production.

Viruses such as prune dwarf virus (PDV) and

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