Relationships among day of year of drop, seed number, and weight of mature apple fruit

D. L. Ward, R. P. Marini, R. E. Byers

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Preharvest fruit drop of apple [Malus xdomestica (L.) Borkh.] can cause significant crop losses, but factors controlling date of individual fruit drop are unknown. In three types of experiments, we investigated the relationships among seed number/fruit, fruit weight, and day of year of drop. By shading in mid-May and stigma excision before bloom, we induced variability in seed number. Dropped fruit were weighed, and their seeds were counted daily from late August until all fruit had dropped. Nontreated trees were studied similarly. Regression analyses were used to assess relationships among day of drop, fruit weight, and seed number/fruit. Substantial variation in day of drop of individual fruit was not explained by seed number of the fruit in these experiments with 'Smoothee Golden Delicious', 'Redchief Delicious', and 'Commander York'.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-48
Number of pages4
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Horticulture


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