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Total and diffuse light distribution within the canopy of an apple orchard as affected by reflective ground covers

Shtai, Walaa; Tagliavini, Massimo; Holtz, Thomas; Abdelkader, Ahmed Ben; Petrillo, Marta; Zanotelli, Damiano and Montagnani, Leonardo (2020) Total and diffuse light distribution within the canopy of an apple orchard as affected by reflective ground covers. Italus Hortus, 27, pp. 69-84.

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Summary

In recent years, anti-hail nets have been increasingly used to protect apple orchards. As they reduce the light intensity at canopy level, reflective ground covers are frequently placed on the soil surface before fruit harvest with the main aim to enhance color development in bicolored apples. It is not clear however, to which extent the light penetration inside the whole canopy is affected by the reflective ground covers. We performed a study in an intensively cultivated apple district of South Tyrol (northern Italy), with and without reflective ground covers.


EPrint Type:Journal paper
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Subjects: Crop husbandry > Greenhouses and coverings
Crop husbandry > Production systems > Fruit and berries
Research affiliation: European Union > CORE Organic Cofund > Domino
Deposited By: Ponzio, Dr Carlo
ID Code:42806
Deposited On:24 Nov 2021 10:13
Last Modified:24 Nov 2021 10:13
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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