Tree Fruit

7 September 2020

This factsheet guides the implementation of practical food safety and risk assessment. It provides background information on important potential microbial contaminants of fresh produce, and also considers the role of microbiological testing of indicator species for water and fresh produce.

27 August 2020

This factsheet summarises the advantages to sowing flowering seed mixes, and highlights the importance of careful seed mix selection to optimise pest control returns from them. The resources available for crop-appropriate seed mix design are described. The management of flowering field margins and their use with Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approaches is also detailed.

27 August 2020

This factsheet outlines how the repeated use of insecticides, fungicides and herbicides if not properly managed, can result in the development of resistant pest, pathogen and weed populations. It lists the known cases of resistance that may potentially cause problems in the control of a range of pests, diseases and weeds that commonly occur on horticultural crops in the UK and advises how to prevent resistant strains developing.

27 August 2020

Anthonomus spilotus is a new pest of pears in the UK. The weevil is normally found in warmer climates but is suspected to have been in the UK since at least 2015 when larvae were first identified in young leaf shoots. This factsheet provides growers with key information and action points. 

27 August 2020

A summary of our research for tree fruit crops for agronomists

27 August 2020

Bacterial canker is a destructive disease of cherries and plums. It can be caused by two distinct pathovars of Pseudomonas syringae: pv. morsprunorum and pv. syringae. This factsheet describes the biology and symptoms of the disease and summarises the results of a project on its control.

27 August 2020

An apple rot survey of UK pack houses undertaken from 2008 - 2013 identified an increasing incidence in the occurrence of fruit rot caused by Neofabraea species in stored apples over the duration of the survey. This literature review of the fungus responsible and the current control options available, to inform future research into this disease.

17 September 2020

The 10th International Symposium on Orchard Systems organised by the International Society of Horticultural Science in December 2012, offered a significant volume of information that could be useful to UK tree fruit growers.

17 September 2020

This reference guide provides commercial growers with a useful reference document to help them to achieve high standards of production.

26 August 2020

The Zero Residue Management System (ZRMS) has been developed through a series of research projects to find a new growing regime for producing fruit that is free from detectable pesticide residues. This factsheet outlines the background to the work and offers growers advice on converting and managing ZRMS orchards.

26 August 2020

Pear sucker is a very serious pest of commercial pears in the UK, leading to significant damage and crop loss in some orchards every year. This factsheet outlines the results and recommendations made from a Defra funded Horticulture LINK project which explored novel techniques for managing and controlling pear sucker.

26 August 2020

This factsheet summarises the developments from a Defra funded Horticulture LINK project which investigated novel biocontrol methods for plum and cherry crops

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