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The Biology of Apples and Pears


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Introduction; 1. The growing of apples and pears; 2. Apples and pears and their relatives; 3. Apple and pear root systems: induction, development, structure and function; 4. The graft union, grafting and budding; 5. Mechanisms of rootstock and interstock effects on scion vigour; 6. The shoot system; 7. Leaves, canopies and light interception; 8. Photosynthesis, respiration, and carbohydrate transport partitioning and storage; 9. Flowers and fruits; 10. Eating quality and its retention; 11. Mineral nutrition; 12. Water relations; 13. Diseases, pests and resistance to these; 14. Biotechnology of apples and pears; Index.

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Biology of Apples and Pears is a comprehensive reference book on all aspects of pomology at the organ, tree and orchard level.

About the Author

John Jackson was formerly Head of the Pomology Department and Deputy Director at the East Malling Research Station, UK and Officer-in-Charge at the Horticultural Research Centre, Marondera, Zimbabwe.


'... the principal strengths of the volume are in its encyclopedic treatment ...' Chemistry & Industry '... useful information for research and extension workers, plant breeders and teachers and students as well as interested fruit growers.' Journal of Agricultural Science '... an outstanding work ... clearly written, up-to-date, and covers an enormous amount of material.' Chronica Horticulturae '... this work represents a monumental achievement, which is likely to become a standard work in top fruit. ... comprehensive ... This volume fills the gap for a European textbook on this subject and includes molecular markers and biotechnology of apple and pear plus the latest references up to and including 2001. It will certainly serve as a good basis for lectures on fruit tree physiology for both students and lecturers alike.' European Journal of Horticultural Science

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