EFFECTS OF GROWING AND CLIMATE CONDITIONS ON BERRY YIELD AND NUTRITIONAL QUALITY

E. Krüger, M. Josuttis
Berries are produced throughout the world under diverse environmental conditions. Moreover, in the last decade, berry production for the fresh market actually experienced great changes like out-of-season production or cultivation in non-traditional growing areas. In the context of globalisation, cultivars of all berry species are increasingly grown at sites with different climatic conditions than those where they originally were bred. Moreover, climate change will affect climatic conditions for all berry fruit. With regard to these challenges, the need of a better understanding of the potential yield development, endo-dormancy, winter hardiness and chilling requirement under open-field conditions are stressed.
Berry fruit contain high levels of phytochemicals like ascorbic acid and diverse polyphenols and are a rich source of antioxidants. Beside genotype, which is the main factor determining the concentration of the phytochemicals, diverse growing conditions can influence the amount of the bioactives. Here, the effect of different growing sites, seasonal variation, protected cultivation systems and cultivation with mulch material are presented and discussed.
Krüger, E. and Josuttis, M. 2014. EFFECTS OF GROWING AND CLIMATE CONDITIONS ON BERRY YIELD AND NUTRITIONAL QUALITY. Acta Hort. (ISHS) 1017:351-362
http://www.actahort.org/books/1017/1017_43.htm
yield potential, dormancy, winter hardiness, antioxidants, environmental influence, cultivation practise
English

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