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ISHS Acta Horticulturae 1138: EUFRIN Thinning Working Group Symposia

Two decades of activity of the "Fruit Chemical Thinning" working group of the EUFRIN network

Author:   G. Costa
Keywords:   chemical thinning, mechanical thinning, pome fruit, stone fruit
DOI:   10.17660/ActaHortic.2016.1138.1
Abstract:
The EUFRIN Working Group on “Fruit chemical thinning” started its activity in 1994 and since then regularly met every year to compare the results obtained in fruit thinning trials performed in different European countries. Nowadays more than 20 countries, most of them represented by researchers from European Institutions, form the WG. Exclusively researchers originally formed the WG, but now chemical company representatives, involved in the development and marketing of fruit thinning agents, are part of the Working Group. The WG researchers have a different and recognized expertize on fruit thinning and their activity faced on practical, physiological and molecular biology aspects of the abscission phenomenon to exploit and better understand the thinners mechanism of action to have robust information to be translated in the practice for commercial application. Moreover, the WG activity carried out in these years chemical thinning trials with the most recent molecules, as well as other alternative method to the hand thinning like the mechanical and other innovative method, such the “mechatronic” one.

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