Special Issue "Innovation in New Varieties, New Rootstocks and Training Systems: Towards Higher Efficiency and Sustainability"

A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395). This special issue belongs to the section "Horticultural and Floricultural Crops".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 October 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. José Casanova Gascón
Guest Editor
Departamento de Ciencias Agrarias y del Medio Natural, EPS, Universidad de Zaragoza, Carretera de Cuarte, s/n, 22071 Huesca, Spain
Interests: fruit farming; viticulture; oliveculture; orchard management; sustainable agriculture
Dr. Ignasi Iglesias
Co-Guest Editor
Agromillora Group, Pl. Manuel Raventós, 3-5, 08770, St. Sadurni d’Anoia, Spain
Interests: stone fruit; fruit quality; new innovative fruit cultivars and rootstocks
Prof. Dr. Stefano Musacchi
Co-Guest Editor
Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center, Washington State University, Wenatchee, WA 98801, United States
Interests: orchard management; apple, pear and cherry physiology; crop load; training system; rootstocks; fruit quality optimization; pruning physiology; graft-incompatibility
Prof. Dr. Salvatore Camposeo
Co-Guest Editor
Department of Agricultural and Environmental Science, University of Bari Aldo Moro, Via Amendola 165/A, 70126 Bari, Italy
Interests: fruit quality; horticulture; irrigation; phenolic compounds; plant physiology; agriculture; soil; wastewater; antioxidant activity; polyphenols

Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

The cultivation of fruit tree accounts for about 8% of the total agricultural surface, and it is the highest valued agricultural activity. Making fruit tree production economically and ecologically sustainable is the main challenge for future orchards. With new varieties and new rootstocks now available, improving our knowledge regarding accurate orchard design, implementing innovative training systems and cultural practices are currently real orchard needs. Economically and ecologically sustainable production requires efficient orchards. In a first step, new cultivars and rootstocks adapted to edafo-climatic conditions and resistant, tolerant or not sensitive to the main pests and diseases. In a second step, the efficient use of inputs is required, in particular labour, water, fertilizers, herbicides and pest and disease control to optimize and/or reduce the cost of production. In a third step to get early yields, reducing the unproductive period and high quality is required in order to recover the initial investment and get an optimum price as soon as possible. Efficient use of pesticides requires inovative training system design and small trees to improve the penetration of the products in the canopy. Further, planar canopies result in a better sunlight distribution into the canopy improving fruit quality, providing better accessibility to labour, allowing partial or total mechanization, and resulting in an overall better efficiency of inputs and, consequently, in a more sustainable production through intensification.

Prof. José Casanova Gascón
Dr. Ignasi Iglesias
Prof. Dr. Stefano Musacchi
Prof. Salvatore Camposeo
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • training system
  • cost of production
  • fruit quality
  • light interception
  • natural resources use efficiency
  • orchards design
  • intensification
  • sustainability

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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