INFLUENCE OF GREENHOUSE CULTIVATION ON FRUIT QUALITY OF 'RED LADY' PAPAYA
Papaya is one of the most important cash crops in the tropics and subtropics. However, the production of this economically important crop is limited by the destructive disease caused by Papaya ringspot virus. The affected plant shows stunted growth, small fruits with ringspot blemishes and drastically reduced fruit yield and TSS content of fruits. Hence, to enhance fruit quality a study was carried out at the Department of Horticulture, University of Agricultural Sciences, GKVK, Bangalore on influence of greenhouse cultivation on quality of Red Lady papaya. Seedlings of Red Lady papaya grown in insect proof nethouse and were transplanted (50 days) in two growing conditions viz., open field and greenhouse. Observations on yield and quality were observed by adopting standard procedures. Cultivation of papaya under greenhouse showed early flower initiation and high fruit yield compared to open field. At open field condition PRSV incidence appeared at 163.23 days with 100% incidence whereas greenhouse was disease free. Significant differences were observed between the two treatments on fruit physico-chemical characters. The fruits harvested from greenhouse were superior in all aspects of quality. Marketable parameters were also superior.
Reddy, P.V.K. and Gowda, V.N. (2014). INFLUENCE OF GREENHOUSE CULTIVATION ON FRUIT QUALITY OF 'RED LADY' PAPAYA . Acta Hortic. 1024, 109-114
net house cultivation, Papaya ringspot virus, cash crops, physico-chemical characters