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Protected cropping of strawberry plants in subtropical Queensland

Menzel, C.M. and Smith, L.A. and Moisander, J.A. (2016) Protected cropping of strawberry plants in subtropical Queensland. Acta Horticulturae (1117). pp. 273-278. ISSN 0567-7572

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Article Link(s): http://dx.doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.2016.1117.44

Abstract

The effect of protected cropping on the performance of two strawberry cultivars ('Festival' and 'Rubygem') and two breeding lines (Breeding Lines 1 and 2) was studied in subtropical Queensland, Australia over two years. Production in this area is affected by rain, with direct damage to the fruit and the development of fruit diseases before harvest. The main objective of the study was to determine whether plants grown under high plastic tunnels had less rain damage, less disease incidence, and higher yields than plants grown outdoors. Our studies show that marketable yields were up to 40% higher in the plants under the tunnels compared with yields of the plants outdoors. This was mainly because fruit from the plants grown under the tunnels had lower incidences of rain damage and/or grey mould. There were no consistent differences in the relative numbers of small and/or misshaped fruit in the two growing environments. This research highlights the potential of protected cropping for strawberry producers in subtropical areas that receive significant rainfall during the growing season.

Item Type:Article
Business groups:Horticulture and Forestry Science
Keywords:climate, fruit diseases, weather, yield
Subjects:Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agricultural meteorology. Crops and climate
Plant culture > Fruit and fruit culture > Berries and small fruits
Plant pests and diseases
Deposited On:07 Jul 2016 02:29
Last Modified:07 Jul 2016 02:29

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