YIELD AND FRUIT QUALITY ASSESSMENT OF DAY-NEUTRAL STRAWBERRY CULTIVARS AT THE END OF THE WORLD (USHUAIA, ARGENTINA)
Strawberry production is one of the most promising agricultural activities in Ushuaia (The End of the World, 54°48S), Tierra del Fuego, Argentina; mainly focused on day-neutral cultivars. The main goal of this research was to assess yield as well as fruit quality of day-neutral strawberry cultivars grown at the end of the world. Two trials were carried out on September 2004 at the experimental field of CADIC (Ushuaia). The first one, proved frigo plants of Aromas, Fern, Selva and Seascape from a Neuquén nursery (38°57S). The second one, proved frigo plants of Aromas, Selva, Cegnidarem, Colima, Diamante, Seascape and Whitney from a Mendoza nursery (33°30S). The trials were performed during two consecutive years. Planting was done on raised beds covered with plastic mulch film (PM), under polyethylene (LDT, 150 µ) low tunnels. After harvest, fruit quality (size, color, soluble solids content, firmness, titratable acidity and dry weight) was analyzed. Colima was the most productive and had the best quality, showing the higher soluble solids:acidity ratio. Seascape and Selva also showed excellent performance. Among other attributes, Seascape had the best color. Fruit size and other fruit quality attributes were superior to those observed in other regions of Argentina.
Miserendino, E.E., Arena, M. and Portela, J.A. (2009). YIELD AND FRUIT QUALITY ASSESSMENT OF DAY-NEUTRAL STRAWBERRY CULTIVARS AT THE END OF THE WORLD (USHUAIA, ARGENTINA). Acta Hortic. 842, 919-922
Fragaria ×ananassa, fruit size, soluble solids content, titratable acidity, dry weight, firmness, color