Bitter Pit Prediction in Apples

Horticulture

Key Funders

MAF Sustainable Farming Fund, Pipfruit NZ, ENZA, Crasborn
Time frame of Project
This is a 3-year project, due to finish in June 2011.

Consultants Involved

Kevin Manning

Project Brief

To provide an accurate identification of ‘high risk’ blocks of fruit in relation to bitter pit/blotch quality issues.

Description of Project

Mitigation of storage disorders in fruit sent to overseas markets is an ongoing issue, particularly ‘bitter pit’. This project looks to find a method to reliably predict the incidence of storage disorders before fruit is sent to market, thus saving significant losses.

Progress of Project so Far

This project has just started year 2 of its 3 years.

Outcomes from Project

The outcomes so far can be viewed at http://www.maf.govt.nz/sff/about-projects/search/08-102/index.htm

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