The research carried out by this programme seeks to optimise the production process of stone and pip fruits (mainly peach, apple, pear, apricot and cherry), nuts (almond, walnuts and hazelnut), citrus, vineyards and agroforestry products such as pine nut and wood. A primary question is determining the performance (yield and fruit quality) of different cultivars, clones and rootstocks for most of the aforementioned crops. There are five breeding programmes on apple, peach, pear, almond and pear rootstock, which will have an important impact on the fruit industry.
The Fruit Production programme gives advice to various designations of origin and oil mills in their olive oil quality improvement programmes and takes an active part in the Official Virgin Olive Oil Tasting Panel of the Government of Catalonia. At the same time, we give technical and agronomical advice to fruit growers and companies to improve their orchards or production system.
- Programme manager: Luis Asin
- Researchers: 18
- Support staff: 40
- Workcenters: IRTA Fruitcentre, IRTA Torre Marimon, IRTA Mas Bové, Mas Badia, Lleida Field Station, Ebro Field Station (across Catalonia)
Relevant scientific publications:
Rodríguez-Gasol, N., Avilla, J., Aparicio, Y., Arnó, J., Gabarra, R., & Riudavets, J. et al. (2019). The Contribution of Surrounding Margins in the Promotion of Natural Enemies in Mediterranean Apple Orchards. Insects, 10(5), 148. doi:10.3390/insects10050148 http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12327/403
Lordan, J., Zazurca, L., Maldonado, M., Torguet, L., Alegre, S., & Miarnau, X. (2019). Horticultural performance of ‘Marinada’ and ‘Vairo’ almond cultivars grown on a genetically diverse set of rootstocks. Scientia Horticulturae, 256, 108558. doi:10.1016/j.scienta.2019.108558 http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12327/574