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Could black anti-hail net have an extra role as an amelioration agent against heat stress in kiwifruit?

Could black anti-hail net have an extra role as an amelioration agent against heat stress in... BACKGROUND:Kiwifruit plants are extremely sensitive to hail storms. Black anti-hail nets are the most frequently used in kiwifruit culture, to protect both the plant and current as well as future production.OBJECTIVE:The present trial aimed to assess if the black hail net could also serve as an amelioration agent against high temperature and irradiance during the summer months.METHODS:The photosynthetic capacity, the yield, and fruit quality (carbohydrates, organic acids, phenolic compounds, and antioxidant capacity) of “Hayward” kiwifruit cultivar, both at harvest and after three months of storage were evaluated.RESULTS:Photosynthetic capacity under the net was slightly higher compared to control, while leaf temperature was always lower during the summer and autumn. The yield was significantly enhanced under the net, while the fruits exhibited higher titratable acidity, organic acids, and ascorbic acid concentration. After the storage, fruits produced from vines grown under net still had higher organic acid content, as well as total soluble solids but lower antioxidant capacity compared to control.CONCLUSIONS:Net installation above kiwifruit canopy seems to alleviate the effects of high temperature and heat load on kiwifruit vines, under saturating light intensity, inducing higher yields with good fruit quality. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Berry Research IOS Press

Could black anti-hail net have an extra role as an amelioration agent against heat stress in kiwifruit?

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IOS Press
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1878-5093
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10.3233/jbr-211512
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BACKGROUND:Kiwifruit plants are extremely sensitive to hail storms. Black anti-hail nets are the most frequently used in kiwifruit culture, to protect both the plant and current as well as future production.OBJECTIVE:The present trial aimed to assess if the black hail net could also serve as an amelioration agent against high temperature and irradiance during the summer months.METHODS:The photosynthetic capacity, the yield, and fruit quality (carbohydrates, organic acids, phenolic compounds, and antioxidant capacity) of “Hayward” kiwifruit cultivar, both at harvest and after three months of storage were evaluated.RESULTS:Photosynthetic capacity under the net was slightly higher compared to control, while leaf temperature was always lower during the summer and autumn. The yield was significantly enhanced under the net, while the fruits exhibited higher titratable acidity, organic acids, and ascorbic acid concentration. After the storage, fruits produced from vines grown under net still had higher organic acid content, as well as total soluble solids but lower antioxidant capacity compared to control.CONCLUSIONS:Net installation above kiwifruit canopy seems to alleviate the effects of high temperature and heat load on kiwifruit vines, under saturating light intensity, inducing higher yields with good fruit quality.

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Journal of Berry ResearchIOS Press

Published: Mar 4, 2022

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