CULTIVAR DIFFERENCES IN TOLERANCE TO DAMAGE BY RAINFALL
Differences in the level of damage to fruit following six rainfall events, that ranged from 7 to 330 mm, between May and September were determined for cultivars Festival and Rubygem and 43 breeding lines. Festival with an average score of 7.5 was more tolerant to rain damage than Rubygem (6.0). Relative scores for tolerance to rain-damage were consistent across rainfall events with no cultivar×rain-event interaction. Evaluation at only one rainfall event may be sufficient to determine a cultivars relative resistance to rain-damage, providing key cultivars with known levels are included as calibration points.
Herrington, M.E., Woolcock, L., Wegener, M., Dieters, M. and Moisander, J. (2009). CULTIVAR DIFFERENCES IN TOLERANCE TO DAMAGE BY RAINFALL. Acta Hortic. 842, 483-486
strawberries, Fragaria, rain-damage, fruit cracking, etching