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Best practice guides for UK pear production - HH1619


The aim is to produce 'Best Practice Guides' that can be used to improve the competitiveness and profitability of the UK pear industry. These will be generic in nature and will target the most important aspects of pear production, incorporating choice of rootstock, pruning / training, growth control, flowering, fruit set and thinning, protection against pests and diseases, and storage. The prime objective of the work is to inform those involved in UK pear production of recent advances in research and development in tree management and production, both at home and abroad. The work will focus on the most important commercial cultivar, Conference but will also include information on Concorde and Comice. A two-stage process of delivering information to the industry is proposed. The content of 'Best Practice Guides' will be agreed in consultation with advisory services, whose customers produce 90% of UK top fruit. Using these guides, these advisers will work directly with growers; other appropriate methods of technology transfer will also be used to disseminate the information in the guides. The guides will be made available to all listed UK pear producers.


Objective 1: Produce a Best Practice Guide on the choice of site and the efficient management of tree growth, flowering, fruit set and crop loading (thinning) of pears grown commercially in the UK, with the aim of producing consistent crops of high quality fruits.

Objective 2: Produce a Best Practice Guide on the efficient harvesting, storage, packaging and marketing of UK-produced pears.

Objective 3: Produce a Best Practice Guide on optimising the control of pests and diseases in UK pear orchards, with an emphasis on sustainable and environmentally friendly strategies.

Project Documents
• Final Report : Best practice guides for UK pear production   (58k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2001

To: 2003

Cost: £130,171
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Horticulture Research International
Technology Transfer              
Fields of Study