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This course covers the major groups of fruit crops, including both deciduous (stonefruits, pomefruits) and evergreen (e.g. olive, citrus species) fruit crops that are being cultivated in temperate climates. In addition, nut trees and small fruit crops are analyzed, as well as species of subtropical and tropical origin. The general outline of the topics analyzed per species is: Origin-spread, botanical classification, Economic importance-applications, Specific requirements for cultivation (soil management, fertilization, pruning, thinning, irrigation), Climate and soil, Propagation (rootstocks), Pruning, Pollination, Fertilization, Fruit growth, Harvest, Cultivars, Pests, Diseases, Physiological disorders.The course includes lectures and field trips.
Prerequisite: ABF212 Principles of Crop Production