Flowering & Fruit Set

Programme Coordinator:

Jakkie Stander

Collaborating Researchers:

Dr. Paul Cronje, Dr. Graham Barry

Research Conducted: 

Research within this programme focuses on the physiology of citrus flowering and optimising fruit set and fruit thinning strategies with specific focus on managing the vegetative/reproductive balance by tree manipulations and the novel and effective use of pre-harvest plant growth regulators (PGRs). The research aim to integrate environmental and horticultural aspects related to citrus tree and fruit physiology to develop effective crop manipulation strategies to ensure consistent production of export fruit.