Giuseppe Ferrara

Giuseppe Ferrara
Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro | Università di Bari · Dipartimento di Scienze del Suolo, della Pianta e degli Alimenti (Di.S.S.P.A.)

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January 2003 - December 2013
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Conventional crossing of stenospermocarpic grapes for the obtainment of seedless cultivars presents some technical constraints causing embryo abortion in the early berry developmental stages. Embryo rescue technique partially overcomes these limitations, but the obtainment of viable plantlets relies on the optimization of several genetic and method...
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This book contains 19 chapters providing information on fig ( Ficus carica ) botany, production, processing, nutritive value and marketing.
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Researchers, farmers and viticulturists have focused on the development and adoption of alternative management strategies that are more environmentally and economically sustainable. One strategy could be cover crops, which are often sowed as a mix of non-leguminous and leguminous species, with positive effects on nitrogen nutrition of the vines . I...
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This study aimed to assess the impact of two soil managements and training systems on yield and wine aroma compounds of Negroamaro variety grown in a warm climate region (southern Italy). Cover crop (CC) and soil tillage (ST) as soil management, whilst bilateral Guyot (BG) and monolateral Guyot (MG) as training systems were compared. Free and bound...
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Data presented are on mass, length, SPAD and some physiological parameters of leaves and stems in a table grape vineyard of Italia variety grafted on 1103 Paulsen, covered with a plastic sheet to advance ripening and managed with two soil systems in the Puglia region, South-eastern Italy in 2015 and 2016. The two systems differed for the soil manag...
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Cover crops are increasingly adopted in viticulture to enhance soil quality and balance the vegetative and reproductive growth of vines. Nevertheless, this sustainable practice has been only recently used for table grape viticulture, with results often contrasting. The aim of this study was to assess the effect of a fescue (Festucaarundinacea Schre...
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The mechanism behind the bud evolution towards breba or main crop in Ficus carica L. has not yet been clarified. For this reason, we carried out a combined research by using anatomical, X-ray imaging and genetic techniques. The RNA seq together with structural genome annotation allowed the prediction of 34,629 known genes and 938 novel protein-codi...
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The effects of animal- and plant-derived protein hydrolysates (PHs), namely casein (Cas), soybean (Soy) and lupin (Lup), in improving grapevine performance and inducing water stress tolerance were evaluated in the field on the wine grape cultivar Corvina. PHs were applied every ten days and for three times from fruit-set to bunch closure by sprayin...
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Modern technologies and accurate information on genetic diversity and structure are contributing to improve the plant breeding, in particular for all the minor species with a lack of data. Genetic diversity of 139 different Ficus carica L. genotypes collected from Italy and Croatia, and divided into two subgroups: uniferous (only main crop) and bif...
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An increasing consumer demand for pomegranate has been globally observed, mainly thanks to the scientific evidence related to its functional and health-promoting features. Pomegranate fruits from twenty accessions identified in Southeastern Italy were characterized according to morphological and chemical features. Juices extracted from pomegranate...
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Little information is available about nitrogen (N) content and its concentration in table grape vines. Knowledge of the quantity of N accumulated by the vine organs during the season could support sustainable fertilization programs for table grape vineyards. The aim of the present study was to determine the N content and its concentration in differ...
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Over decades, the concept of grape quality has evolved emphasizing its multidisciplinary nature and that the same "desired quality" might correspond to even strikingly different compositional patterns. The review takes a long journey throughout the multiple factors impinging on grape quality, not excluding also sections devoted to table grapes. It...
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Water limitation for agriculture is a problem in many countries and irrigation with treated wastewater (TWW) can be a tool to face the decreasing availability of water for important domestic crops such as olive. Taking into account this aspect, a research was carried out for 13 years in an olive grove (Chemlali cultivar) located in the area of Sfax...
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Introduction -Nowadays the demand for pomegranate (Punica granatum L.) as fresh fruit and derived products (arils, juice, jam, etc.) has been considerably rising due to increased awareness about its nutritive value and nutraceutical properties. Consequently, genetic improvement efforts are focused on the identification of the most productive and nu...
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Water is one of the most limiting factors in agriculture, particularly in arid areas such as Tunisia. Olives are the most important tree fruit in the country and are cultivated over 1.6 million hectares. An olive grove of cv. Chemlali was irrigated either by using treated wastewater (TWW) or fresh water (FW) from 2002 to 2012. The aim of this 10-ye...
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Background: Puglia is the most important region in Italy for table grape production. Since consumers look for new products, the number of table grape varieties is strongly increasing in the last years. Results: In a survey in the Puglia region, we identified several years ago a potential mutation of the cv. Victoria. We described this accession...
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Alternate bearing is a typical behavior of various fruit tree crops and is common among olive cultivars (Olea europæa L. var. sativa Hoffm. e Lk.). Since this phenomenon affects yield and consequently oil production, it is a concern for olive oil industry in order to offer a constant olive oil amount each year. A 4-year field experiment was conduct...
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The use of mulches in vineyards and orchards is a traditional agricultural practice used with the aim of saving moisture, reducing weed growth and improving organic matter content in the soil. In table grape vineyards trained to overhead system in Puglia region (Southeastern Italy), plastic sheets covering the canopy are often used to either advanc...
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Some plant growth regulators, including ethephon, can stimulate abscission of mature grape berries. The stimulation of grape berry abscission reduces fruit detachment force (FDF) and promotes the development of a dry stem scar, both of which could facilitate the production of high quality stemless fresh-cut table grapes. The objective of this resea...
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Introduction. The effects of tree age on the quality of olive oil are not very clear. Data on the mineral element content in different plant organs of cv. Chemlali are also very scarce, and the correlation between tree age and mineral content is still unclear. Materials and methods. A two-year study was conducted on irrigated 'Chemlali' olive trees...
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A three-year experiment was conducted in order to evaluate the effects of three different soil management systems in a vineyard (organic mulch with exhausted olive pomace at 6 cm thick, weed mowing and herbicide application) on soil physicochemical characteristics and weed flora. A variety of data was collected throughout the trial, such as soil an...
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L’applicazione di acido abscissico (ABA) a inizio invaiatura consente di rendere intenso e uniforme il colore dei grappoli, di anticipare la raccolta dell’uva e di «concentrarla» nel primo passaggio, quindi di contenere i costi della manodopera. I parametri qualitativi non vengono influenzati dai trattamenti
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The effect of 2-chloroethylphosphonic acid (Ethephon, in the following ETH) as abscising agent on cv. Crimson Seedless table grape was investigated by means of Fruit Detachment Force (FDF) and Fruit Drop (FD) analyses combined with a metabolomic study carried out by High Resolution Mass Spectrometry (HRMS) and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spect...
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Background and AimsIn some years, the table grape cultivar Crimson Seedless does not reach the commercially acceptable level of red colour in Mediterranean climates, with negative consequences for the grower. Application of abscisic acid (S-ABA) and sucrose could be a tool for overcoming this problem.Methods and ResultsA commercial formulation of S...
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Background and Aims: In some years, the table grape cultivar Crimson Seedless does not reach the commercially acceptable level of red colour in Mediterranean climates, with negative consequences for the grower. Application of abscisic acid (S-ABA) and sucrose could be a tool for overcoming this problem. Methods and Results: A commercial formulation...
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ll clone della varietà Victoria presenta l’acino allungato, risultato gradito ai consumatori. L’analisi molecolare ha rivelato che quella morfologica è l’unica differenza rispetto alla Victoria. Si tratta di una mutazione avvenuta all’interno della gemma per cause naturali
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Among the various vineyard treatments adopted in recent years for table-grape cultivation, there has been a significant use of plant growth regulators (PGRs) and girdling to increase berry size and yield. In particular, an increase in the application of forchlorfenuron (CPPU) and gibberellic acid (GA(3)) for many seeded and seedless table-grape cul...
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Twenty-year-old "Chemlali" olive trees trained to vase and rainfed were investigated in either "on" (2004) or "off" (2003) year. A randomized block design with three blocks and three treatments was used and each experimental plot consisted of nine olive trees. Three treatments were applied: (1) rainfed conditions (RF, used as control treatment); (2...
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La prova sulla cultivar Italia ha messo in evidenza come si possa migliorare la qualità dell’uva, in termini di dimensione dell’acino, e ottenere incrementi di produzione con trattamenti con fi toregolatori – gibberelline, citochinine – o con la pratica dell’incisione anulare. Sono state rilevate minime variazioni nella composizione chimica degli a...
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Grazie alla domanda in crescita e all’elevata produttività (può arrivare a 300-400 q/ha) il melograno può diventare un’interessante coltura per diversifi care il reddito dell’azienda agricola. I prezzi di vendita si aggirano sui 70-80 euro/q per un reddito che può arrivare a 30.000 euro/ha, a fronte di un costo di gestione di 8-10.000 euro/ha
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Influenza di diverse tipologie di copertura del vigneto e dell'incisione anulare sulla qualità dell'uva da tavola cv Italia. ABSTRACT Influence of different types of vineyard coverage and girdling on the quality of table grape cv Italia In Apulia region, Southeaster Italy, it is a common practice to cover the table grape vineyard (overhead trellisi...
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‘Crimson Seedless’ is a table grape cultivar that often fails to develop adequate red color in Mediterranean climates. Application of abscisic acid (S-ABA) may be an aid for improving color, but its potential effects on overall quality and S-ABA concentration of the berry should be also considered. We tested two concentrations (200 and 400 mg/L) an...
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Table grapes classification is an important task in the global market because of the interest of consumers to quality of foodstuff. Objective: an expert and innovative tool, based on several robust classifiers, was designed and implemented to achieve unequivocal criteria and support decision for the discrimination of table grapes. Materials: data a...
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In Puglia, Italy, deep tillage and rock fragmentation are common agricultural practices to prepare land for vineyards or orchards. Unfortunately, little is known about how these practices influence soil structure and quality. There is a lack of information on the consequences of these practices on the soil fractions coarser than 2 mm, which are kno...
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The responses in soil conditions, vine growth, and physiological, yield, and composition components of cv. Nero di Troia to the application of synthetic and organic mulches were studied for two years (2006–2007 and 2007–2008). The effects of the application in the vine rows of two synthetic mulches (geotextile as polypropylene and black polyethylen...
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The horticultural interest of self-compatible fruit tree cultivars depends on their ability to reach the optimal fruit set by self-pollination, thus making superfluous cross-pollination and related problems. In Apulia region (southern Italy) the olive cultivation is spread on about 370,000 hectares. ‘Coratina’ is the most popular olive cultivar in...
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The horticultural interest of self-compatible fruit tree cultivars depends on their ability to reach the optimal fruit set by self-pollination, thus making superfluous cross-pollination and related problems. In Apulia region (southern Italy) the olive cultivation is spread on about 370,000 hectares. 'Coratina' is the most popular olive cultivar in...
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In 2006 and 2007, the quality of pollen grains has been investigated in four Italian olive (Olea europaea L.) cultivars: ‘Ascolana Tenera’, ‘Cazzinicchio’, ‘Cima di Melfi’ and ‘Coratina’. Grains quality was estimated by using two different methods, acetic carmine (stainability) and fluorescein diacetate (viability), in comparison with germination....
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A recent increasing demand in Western countries for pomegranate products by consumers is especially supported for the nutritional and medicinal characteristics, due to the antioxidant properties of this fruit. Some studies have been published on the morphological and biochemical characteristics of pomegranate fruits in some Mediterranean countries,...
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Humic acids are the most active components of soil organic matter and have been shown to have an hormone-like activity thus stimulating plant growth. The objective of this work was to verify the quantitative and qualitative yield responses of the table grape cv. Italia after the application of a humic acid at various phenological stages. The humic...
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D-amygdalin is a toxic compound found in the kernels of some bitter almond cultivars.This compound is toxic because of its potential to release poisonous hydrogen cyanide. The D-amygdalin contents of the kernels of 18 commercial almond cultivars (Prunus dulcis Mill. = Amygdalus communis L.) and three wild genotypes (Amygdalus webbii Spach.) were de...
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In arid regions, such as Tunisia, the reuse of treated wastewater (TWW) in agriculture can be a sustainable solution for water scarcity. A two-year field experiment was conducted in order to investigate the shortterm effects of TWW on olive growth, yield and concentration of total nitrogen (Nt), potassium (K), phosphorous (P), and heavy metals (i.e...
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Humic acids are the most active components of soil organic matter and have been shown to have an hormone-like activity thus stimulating plant growth. The objective of this work was to verify the quantitative and qualitative yield responses of the table grape cv. Italia after the application of a humic acid at various phenological stages. The humic...
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New apricot cultivars are yearly introduced in Italy by nurseries and growers. These cultivars come from both Italian and foreign breeding programmes and most of them have been selected in climatic and environmental conditions noticeably different from those of the main Italian apricot growing areas. So far, acquired experience on apricot has shown...
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Research to ascertain the effectiveness of hydrogen cyanamide (Dormex®) to advance bloom and fruit ripening of two sweet cherry (Prunus avium L.) cultivars was carried out in the Apulia region (southeastern Italy) during 2002 (964 chill hours), 2003 (592 chill hours) and 2004 (834 chill hours). The effects of four concentrations of hydrogen cyanami...
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When choosing pollinator cultivars and breeding programs, both the quality and the quantity of viable pollen produced per flower should be considered. In some cases, some cultivars might be preferred as pollinator because of a more abundant and effective pollen production. The aim of the present study was the evaluation of the viable pollen product...
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The olive industry of Apulia (Southern Italy) is based on about 370,000 hectares and is designed according to traditional and centuries-old training systems. This olivecultural model is characterized by limited yield levels and high production costs. The possibility of reducing harvesting costs – the main production cost – by means of the superinte...
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Aims: The responses in growth, yield and quality components of a Vitis vinifera cultivar (Italia) to the foliar applications of two humic acids extracted from a soil and a compost have been studied. Methods and results: The foliar applications of the two humic acids were performed in two years and six different dates of the season. Both humic acids...
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Several natural and xenobiotic organic compounds, generally defined as environmental mutagens, possess the capacity of altering some genetic processes, such as mitotic division, which occur in meristematic plant cells (Grant 1994). In particular, some mutagens can behave as clastogens for their ability to produce breakage of chromosomes. The antimu...