Guglielmo Costa

Peach fruit thinning: can we go beyond the current solutions

Guglielmo Costa served in the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Bologna from 1969 to 1985 as Assistant and Associate Professor in Fruit Science. In 1986 became Full Professor of Fruit Science, and move to the University of Udine, and the transferred back to the University of Bologna until 2015. Professor Costa began his career with investigations on agronomic, genetic and chemical methods to control vegetative growth in the main temperate fruit species. He was particularly interested in the use of plant growth regulators (growth retardants, thinning agents, fruit set promoters, ethylene inhibitors affecting maturation and ripening of fruit). It is this use of plant growth regulators in fruit crop management that is probably the area of research for which he is best known in Italy as well as overseas. Professor Costa is author of more than 90 papers in peer-reviewed international journals, several hundred technical publications and a large number of conference presentations and related proceedings including about 90 papers in at least 40 different volumes of Acta Horticulturae.