They present innovative work in deficit irrigation in blueberries in the Chilean Congress of Berries

The international fruit and vegetable community is beginning to pay more attention to the degree of homogeneity with which the fruit arrives not only at destination, but also at cold storage.

Recently the academic Dr. Arturo Calderón and the undergraduate student Pedro Castro, presented the results of the first season of measurements of an essay carried out at the company Carsol Fruit, within the framework of the Third Chilean Congress of Berries, held at the Innovation Center of the San Joaquin Campus of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

This congress brought together leading researchers and specialists in domestic and foreign berries, among which the participation of Dr. Bernardine Strik, professor of the Department of Horticulture of the Oregon State University of the United States, who is considered one of the major references in the cultivation and management of cranberry in the world.

The work presented by Dr. Calderón and the student Pedro Castro was titled, "Effect of water stress on color uniformity in berries of a late blueberry cultivar" and counted on the collaboration of the academics of the Department of Plant Production, doctors Richard Bastías and María Dolores López.

In this regard, Dr. Calderón stressed that, "although the use of deficit irrigation in fruit orchards and vines to improve quality or regulate the vigor of plants is something that has been done for several decades, the use of these techniques to modify the uniformity of maturity is something not seen until now ".

In this context, the specialist pointed out that, "only recently the international fruit and vegetable community is beginning to pay more attention to the degree of homogeneity with which the fruit arrives not only at the destination places, but also in cold storage. In this area, what has been done in our laboratories and trials is something that is undoubtedly at the forefront of the horticultural sciences ".

On the other hand, the student Pedro Castro, whose work of memory of title was the basis of the oral presentation, indicated that, "the participation in this congress, with my own work, was an excellent experience that will help me in my personal and professional, it was an unbeatable opportunity to meet and interact with other researchers and fruit professionals, particularly in a crop as important to our region as the blueberry. "

Source: Agricultural World

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