Dec 28, 2017
UC Davis shares principles of tree fruit, nuts

UC Davis has schedules a course titled “2018 Principles of Fruit & Nut Tree Growth, Cropping & Management.” It will be held Feb. 19-March 1 on the University of California, Davis campus.

The course description follows:

“Understanding the fundamentals of tree biology is essential to making sound orchard management and business decisions in the tree fruit and nut industry.  However, access to educational courses on basic fruit and nut tree biology, and how it relates to agronomic practices, is limited. Our course incorporates lecture, lab exercises, and field demonstrations to provide information on all aspects of basic plant biology and the relationship between plant biology and nuts and fruit orchard management.

Our course includes nine full days of instruction. The first five days will be held on the UC Davis campus and include lecture, laboratory exercises, and field demonstrations. The following week we will embark upon a four-day field trip throughout fruit and nut tree growing regions of northern and central California.”

Course topics:

  • Tree growth, development & pruning
  • Dormancy, chilling & rest breaking
  • Flowering, pollination & fruit set
  • Fruit development & thinning
  • Tree water relations & irrigation
  • Plant nutrition & fertilization
  • Root growth & rootstocks
  • Postharvest quality & technology
  • Harvesting

For course content questions, please contact Carlos Crisosto, Director, Fruit & Nut Research and Information Center ([email protected]).

Register for the 2018 Principles Course here.

The 2018 batch of scholarship applications are now closed. If you were not able to submit an application, you are welcome to register for the course or reapply for the 2019 batch next year.



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