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Irrigation scheduling to increase muskmelon fruit biomass and soluble solids concentration

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posted on 2017-12-06, 00:00 authored by Robert LongRobert Long, Kerry WalshKerry Walsh, David MidmoreDavid Midmore, G Rogers
A common practice for the irrigation management of muskmelon (Cucumis melo L. reticulatus group) is to restrict water supply to the plants from late fruit development and through the harvest period. However, this late fruit development period is critical for sugar accumulation and water stress at this stage is likely to limit the final fruit soluble solids concentration (SSC). Two field irrigation experiments were conducted to test the idea that maintaining muskmelon plants free of water stress through to the end of harvest will maximise sugar accumulation in the fruit. In both trials, water stress before or during harvest detrimentally affected fruit SSC and fresh weight (e.g., no stress fruit 11.2% SSC, weight 1180 g; stress fruit 8.8% SSC, weight 990 g). Maintaining plants free of water stress from flowering through to the end of harvest is recommended to maximise yield and fruit quality.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

41

Issue

2

Start Page

367

End Page

369

Number of Pages

3

ISSN

0018-5345

Location

USA

Publisher

American Society for Horticultural Science

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

  • Yes

Open Access

  • No

External Author Affiliations

Plant Sciences Group; University of Sydney;

Era Eligible

  • Yes

Journal

HortScience.

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