Special Issue "The Impact of Environmental Factors on Fruit Quality"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 November 2022) | Viewed by 36484
Interests: fruit production; fruit storage; engineering horticulture; bioactive compounds; processing; polyphenols; postharvest quality; edible flowers; anthocyanins; frost resistance; harvest date prediction; active temperatures; fruit quality; color development; orchard replantation; fertilization
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Agricultural production places an increased focus on sustainable development. This also applies to horticulture, where the aim is to obtain high-quality crops and, at the same time, a biological balance of ecosystems. Therefore, new environmentally friendly fruit production systems are being developed, in which growing methods and techniques strongly rely on environmental conditions. This involves breeding new cultivars with enhanced resistance to adverse factors, using crop rotation to limit the exposure to pathogens in soil, organic mulching, stimulating biological processes in the rhizosphere, and applying biological preparations for plant protection and nutrition, in order to improve fruit quality.
Just like other food products, fruit offered to consumers should be of good quality and, above all, safe to eat. Each step from the orchard to the table must be subject to procedures, which ensure that relevant quality requirements are met. Fruit must fulfil the highest quality standards, which according to the literature, fall into three areas: sensory quality, health-promoting properties and their availability, and the increasingly important symbolic quality.
Consumer choices are dictated by product appearance, taste, nutritional attributes, safety, and often environmental considerations regarding production.
Aside from the growing method, pruning, pollination, protection and fertilization, fruit quality is affected by environmental conditions, the most notable of which include all macro and microclimatic elements and soil environment. One of these conditions is air temperature, which affects physiological processes by slowing them down when above 35 °C and causes physiological disorders or damage to plants when below 0 °C. Similarly important are precipitation, sun radiation and wind conditions. All above-mentioned factors play a significant role in shaping, for many months of growing, the quality of fruit intended for fresh consumption, processing or therapeutic purposes as a source of bioactive compounds.
Prof. Dr. Grzegorz Lysiak
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- biotic and abiotic stress
- climate change
- fruit production
- environmental impact
- replantation disease
- water deficit
- degree days
- parasitic nematodes
- total soluble solids
- fruit firmness
- internal quality
- bioactive substances in fruits
- sum of active temperatures
- orchard systems