Resistance of Several Sweet Cherry Varieties to Cracking under Heavy Rainfall
AbstractSweet cherry cracking triggered by heavy rainfalls before harvest, is one of the major problems in cherry cultivation with almost all cherry-growing countries in the world (Anderson, 1982; Gleen and Poovaiah, 1989; Beyer and Knoche, 2002). To determinate the cracking resistance of seven varieties of cherry in terms of excessive rainfall during fruit maturation, an experiment was initiated at SC Agroindustriala SA Cluj-Napoca, Romania, in a sweet cherry orchard, established in 1996. The spring of 2010 was very rainy one, sum total of rainfalls in May and June 2010 surpassed 3.5 times that a normal year at Cluj-Napoca.
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