About Flowering, Fruit Set and Alternate Bearing

This Working Group aims to gather researchers to discuss the latest advances in all disciplines related to flowering, fruit set and alternate bearing in nuts, Mediterranean, tropical and subtropical tree crop species. In the context of global climate change, plants will be facing increasing abiotic and biotic constraints. We have to expect a rise in average daily temperatures, in atmospheric CO2 concentration, soil salinity in some areas, and lower and/or more irregular rainfall causing drought or floods. Hence, climate change can alter significantly plant phenology, biology, fruit quality and productivity, as well as make the alternate bearing phenomena worse. Therefore, new knowledge is required in order to improve plant adaptation to these constraints as well as to reduce water, nutrients and chemical inputs. Plant breeding, innovative cultural practices are effective levers that can be combined in order to improve crop yield and quality. In the context of climate change, a renewed modeling effort is needed in order to provide an integrated understanding of horticultural system functioning. Hence, we need to share interdisciplinary knowledge about the combined effects of climate change and abiotic stress on flowering, fruit set and alternate bearing in nuts, Mediterranean, tropical and subtropical tree crop species, with particular references to breeding, genomics, physiological and horticultural technologies plant science areas.

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Prof. Francesco Marra
Department of Agricultural & Forest Science
Viale delle Scienze, Edificio 4 ingresso H
90128 Palermo

Italy
francescopaolo.marra@unipa.it
(39)09123861236
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