Researching Organic Materials to Control Fruitset of Apples

The project will utilize basic research to understand the target and time of action of the organic materials which will be used to guide the implementation and management plan for a new blossom thinner. The intern will test the efficacy of twenty candidate organic materials to act as blossom thinners and develop a management plan for the application of the materials with respect to timing and concentration at which they should be employed. Thus the project aims to bring basic research to help develop an organically certified product to regulate crop load and biennial bearing which has been identified as a significant issue for apple fruit growers in Nova Scotia.

Miriam Monserrat Ferrer-Ortega
Faculty Supervisor: 
Dr. Sara V. Good-Avila
Nova Scotia