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Title

Influence of flower bud density, flower bud drop and fruit set on apricot productivity

AuthorsAlburquerque, Nuria ; Burgos Ortiz, Lorenzo ; Egea, José
KeywordsFlower bud
Fruit set
Genetic variation
Prunus armeniaca L.
Issue Date10-Dec-2004
PublisherElsevier
CitationScientia Horticulturae 102(4): 397-406 (2004)
AbstractFlower bud density, flower bud drop and fruit set were studied for nine apricot cultivars in order to understand the influence of these variables on apricot biology and productivity. Cultivars in southern Spain were chosen as representatives of different flowering times and productivity. Results indicate differences among cultivars in the studied parameters. Low flower bud production, high flower bud drop and low fruit set were often recorded in mid- to late flowering cultivars. These traits subsequently led to poor yields. Early blooming varieties, which are frequently good producers, generally showed the highest flower bud density, medium flower bud drop and high percentage of fruit set. The influence of the cultivar was more determinant than the seasonal effect on fruit yield. This information should be useful to breeders for choosing the best parents for productivity.
Description10 pages, 4 tables, 3 figures
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scienta.2004.05.003
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/18907
DOI10.1016/j.scienta.2004.05.003
ISSN0304-4238
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