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Characterisation of the thermodormancy response in the everbearing strawberry 'Everest'

Wagstaffe, A. and Battey, N. H. (2006) Characterisation of the thermodormancy response in the everbearing strawberry 'Everest'. Journal of Horticultural Science & Biotechnology, 81 (6). pp. 1086-1092. ISSN 1462-0316

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Temperature regimes that induce and ameliorate cropping troughs ("thermodormancy") were evaluated over two seasons for the everbearing strawberry 'Everest'. When plants were exposed to 26 degrees C for 5, 10, 20 or 30 d in July, heat-induced troughs in cropping were observed in August. An important discovery was that cool (13 degrees C) night temperatures ameliorated the severity of thermodormancy. In this study, thermodormancy appeared to be due principally to flower abortion post-anthesis, as large numbers of flowers emerged in mid-July, during the high temperature treatments, but went on to produce low fruit numbers in mid-August. Flower initiation itself (monitored by crown dissection) was not reduced by high temperatures. The observation that night-time temperature is critical for thermodormancy has significance for commercial production, in which protected cropping tends to increase average temperatures throughout the season, and venting tends to focus on day-time temperatures.

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Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Biological Sciences
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