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Touchan R.,University of Arizona | Meko D.M.,University of Arizona | Ballesteros-Canovas J.A.,Instituto Geologico Y Minero Of Espana | Sanchez-Salguero R.,INIA CIFOR | And 16 more authors.
Tree-Ring Research | Year: 2013

This report describes an international summer course, "Tree Rings, Climate, Natural Resources, and Human Interaction", held in Valsaín, Spain, in summer of 2012. The course, with 14 participants from three countries (Spain, Algeria, and Russia), included basic training in dendrochronology skills as well as applied projects in dendroclimatology, dendroecology and dendrogeomorphology. Copyright © 2013 by The Tree-Ring Society. Source

Rodriguez Pleguezuelo C.R.,Research and Training Institute for Agriculture and Fisheries | Duran Zuazo V.H.,Research and Training Institute for Agriculture and Fisheries | Muriel Fernandez J.L.,Research and Training Institute for Agriculture and Fisheries | Franco Tarifa D.,Finca Experimental El Zahori Ayuntamiento de Almunecar
Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology | Year: 2012

Mango (Mangifera indica L.) production is on the rise in various subtropical zones throughout the world. The cultivation of this fruit tree is feasible along the coast of Granada, where some 1,500 ha are presently grown. In 2006, the EU exported 118 thousand tonnes of mangoes at a value of 131 million euros. This study was conducted to assess the physico-chemical quality characteristics of some mango fruit cultivars growing under a Mediterranean subtropical climate in Spain. A number of twenty-five fruits from eight Florida and one Australian cultivars were collected from different trees at the preclimacteric hard-green stage, and weighed. Osteen fruits bore the greatest weight (697±95 g) with their pulp:seed ratio ratios (20:2) significantly higher than those in the other cultivars tested. The lowest pulp:seed ratios were recorded for the cultivars Kensington (6.3) and Sensation (7.6). The fruits with the highest percentages of flesh belonged to cvs. Gleen, Palmer, and Osteen, each averaging 85%. The seed-weight of the fruits of cv. Osteen proved the lowest (4.2%) among all the cultivars, confirming the most desirable relationship with the pulp. The highest acidity (0.22%) went to Valencia Pride while Lippens contained the highest Total Soluble Solids (TSS). The TSS:TA ratios proved the highest for cvs. Kent (382) and Lippens (333), which might be indicative of the effect on their flavour. All the mango cultivars tested in this subtropical marginal area, especially cvs. Osteen and Tommy Atkins, met the standard parameters for high-quality fruits, and can be recommended for their performance and sustainable yield in such type of environments. Source

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