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Title: Emerging fruit crops

Author
item Hummer, Kim
item POMPER, KIRK - Kentucky State University
item Postman, Joseph
item GRAHAM, CHARLES - LSU Agcenter
item Stover, Ed
item MERCURE, ERIC - Paramount Farming Company, Inc
item Aradhya, Mallikarjuna
item CRISOSTO, CARLOS - University Of California
item FERGUSON, LOUISE - University Of California
item THOMPSON, MAXINE - Oregon State University
item BYERS, PATRICK - University Of Missouri
item Zee, Francis

Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/13/2011
Publication Date: 3/1/2012
Citation: Hummer, K.E., Pomper, K., Postman, J.D., Graham, C.J., Stover, E.W., Mercure, E.W., Aradhya, M.K., Crisosto, C.H., Ferguson, L., Thompson, M., Byers, P., Zee, F.T. 2012. Emerging fruit crops. Book Chapter. p. 97-147.

Interpretive Summary: Hundreds of fruit species with commercial potential are currently in a status of low economic importance. Some, such as quince, pomegranate, and figs, have been cultivated for thousands of years. Others have only been locally collected and consumed from wild populations of the fruit. Their development of these underappreciated crops depends on a range of factors including the cultivation limitations, yields, uses of the fruit, and marketing potential. Although initially many crops are developed using selections from the wild, as they are developed, breeding programs work towards improving the crop for both production and quality. This chapter examines nine emerging crops chosen among hundreds of potential crops which are currently showing much promise as commercial crops. These include five tree fruits: pawpaw, quince, mayhaw, pomegranate, and fig; and four berry crops: blue honeysuckle, elder, goji, and ohelo.

Technical Abstract: Hundreds of fruit species with commercial potential are currently in a status of low economic importance. Some, such as quince (Cydonia oblonga L.), pomegranate (Punica granatum L.), and figs (Ficus carica L.) , have been cultivated for thousands of years. Others have only been locally collected and consumed from wild populations of the fruit. Their development of these underappreciated crops depends on a range of factors including the cultivation limitations, yields, uses of the fruit, and marketing potential. Although initially many crops are developed using selections from the wild, as they are developed, breeding programs work towards improving the crop for both production and quality. This chapter examines nine emerging crops chosen among hundreds of potential crops which are currently showing much promise as commercial crops. These include five tree fruits: pawpaw(Asimina triloba L.), quince, mayhaw (Cragaegus sp.), pomegranate, and fig; and four berry crops: blue honeysuckle (Lonicera caerulea L), elder (Sambucus nigra L.), goji (Lycium barbarum L., and ohelo (Vaccinium reticulatum and V. calycinum).