Protected Fruit Tree Cultivation as a Response to Climate Change Process

A special issue of Horticulturae (ISSN 2311-7524). This special issue belongs to the section "Fruit Production Systems".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 August 2024 | Viewed by 128

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Division of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Department of Pomology, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zagreb, Svetošimunska cesta 25, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Interests: net application in fruit production; light manipulation; nondestructive methods for fruit maturity assessment; introduction of wild fruit species; peach; nut fruits

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Division of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Department of Pomology, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zagreb, Svetošimunska cesta 25, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Interests: postharvest fruit treatments; physiological disorders of fruits in storage; the effect of preharvest factors on postharvest behavior of fruit; fruit quality; nondestructive methods of fruit quality determination; introduction of less known fruit species
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Dear Colleagues,

Protection of cultivated plant species has always been one of the main goals of agronomists, which is especially relevant today. Nowadays, fruit production is becoming increasingly unprofitable and risky due to the ongoing climate change processes that are causing large-scale damages owing to more severe and frequent storm occurrence (fruit and tree damage), frost damage (warm winters stimulate the earlier start of vegetation), excessive temperatures (sunburns and drought), etc. Not long ago, such devastating weather conditions were considered to be a rarity, while these days they have become a common phenomenon. This Special Issue is aiming to include the latest studies whose goal is to mitigate undesirable aforementioned occurrences. Higher protection levels should be achieved by the implementation of various smart protective solutions. These solutions can include fruit tree cultivation in greenhouses or net application in open orchards. Net application in fruit production has lately undergone a big shift, due to the production of new net types with additional protective properties (e.g., against insects) in addition to standard ones (against hail, wind, and sunburns) or with light manipulation properties (photoselective nets) by adding certain additives. Moreover, agrivoltaic presents new technology that combines plant protection with renewable energy production, and thus, at the same time, achieving plant protection and a reduction in carbon footprint.

Dr. Marko Vuković
Prof. Dr. Tomislav Jemrić
Guest Editors

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  • anti-hail nets
  • photoselective nets
  • agrivoltaic
  • anti-insect nets
  • light manipulation
  • wind break nets

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