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Research Project: Breeding Apple Rootstocks Tolerant to Abiotic Stresses and Resistant to Pests and Diseases

Location: Plant Genetic Resources Unit (PGRU)

Title: Horticultural performance and elemental concentration of 'Fuji' grafted on Geneva apple rootstocks under New York climatic conditions

Author
item REIG, GEMMA - Cornell University - New York
item LORDAN, JAUME - Cornell University - New York
item Fazio, Gennaro
item Grusak, Michael
item HOYING, STEPHEN - Cornell University - New York
item CHENG, LAILIANG - Cornell University - New York
item FRANCESCATTO, POLIANA - Cornell University - New York
item ROBINSON, TERENCE - Cornell University - New York

Submitted to: Scientia Horticulturae
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/23/2017
Publication Date: 1/3/2018
Citation: Reig, G., Lordan, J., Fazio, G., Grusak, M.A., Hoying, S., Cheng, L., Francescatto, P., Robinson, T. 2018. Horticultural performance and elemental concentration of 'Fuji' grafted on Geneva apple rootstocks under New York climatic conditions. Scientia Horticulturae. 227:22-37.

Interpretive Summary: This manuscript describes the results of a decade long field trial of 48 apple rootstocks grafted with the apple variety Fuji. Rootstocks had significant influence on fruit yield and fruit nutrient concentration. Several Geneva® rootstocks evaluated showed considerable promise as alternatives to M.9. CG.6006, CG.8189, CG.4004, CG.5087, CG.401, G.969, G.935, and G.890 had good performance on ‘Fuji’. The rootstock induces changes in the concentrations of leaf and fruit nutrients. Cumulative yield efficiency had a moderate positive correlation with leaf Ca concentration. G.214, JM.10, CG.4003, M.9, G.935, CG.4088, CG.2406, G.969, and G.210 had low alternative bearing which means stable production of flowers and fruit year over year. All these data help apple growers determine the best rootstock for their local growing condition and variety and provide apple consumers with consistent high quality apples.

Technical Abstract: This study was carried out to determine the horticultural performance and leaf and fruit elemental nutrients of 48 apple rootstocks grafted on ‘Fuji’ cultivar, and grown on a commercial farm in the Hudson Valley (Milton, NY) from 2005 to 2015. Tree circumference was measured at the end of each year, and fruit yield data were collected from the third year (2007) to the eleventh year (2015). Leaf and fruit macro- and microelements were evaluated at the tenth year of the study. Most of the rootstocks evaluated survived well in the Hudson Valley conditions, with the exception of CG.4002 and CG.5030. The smallest trees such as CG.2034, M.27 and JM-4 had the lowest cumulative yield and the lowest cumulative number of fruits, and medium to low fruit size, but the highest cumulative yield efficiency (kg cm-2). Other rootstocks, such as the dwarfing CG.2002, CG.2426, CG.4008, CG.5757, M.9 and M.27, and the semi-dwarfing rootstock CG.6006, also showed higher yield efficiencies. On the other hand, the medium Geneva® trees such as CG.6001, CG.6253, CG.6976, and CG.8189 had high cumulative yield and high cumulative fruit number, and medium high yield efficiency. Rootstocks had a significant influence on most of the fruit and leaf concentration (dry weight basis. Rootstocks G.935, G.222 and CG.5257 conferred some of the highest values of fruit boron whereas M.9, M.27 and PiAu51.11 had the lowest. Fruit phosphorous values were closely associated with leaf boron, leaf potassium, and leaf sodium. Fruit calcium was highest in G.214, CG.2406, G.969, JM.4 and CG.5757, while the lowest values were conferred by JM.1, PiAu51.11, and JTE-C. Fruit nitrogen values were lowest in M.7, PiAu51-4, B.118, and CG.8534 and the highest values were in the dwarfing rootstock CG.2034 and semi-dwarfing rootstock CG.4011. Weak but significant positive correlations were found between fruit size and leaf and fruit Mg, and leaf C. Significant correlations were found between nutrients: leaf B, P and K were highly positively correlated, and leaf Zn with leaf Mn and leaf Na. A strong positive correlation was found between fruit P and fruit K, fruit P and fruit B, and moderate positive correlation between fruit S and fruit K suggesting similar mechanisms of rootstock induction for these nutrients. These nutrient data are being utilized to customize scion nutrient requirements to rootstock-induced nutrient profiles.