The ‘Achilles heel’ of pistachio fruit
AuthorThemis J. Michailides
Author AffiliationsThemis J. Michailides is Assistant Research Plant Pathologist, Department of Plant Pathology, University of California, Berkeley, located at the Kearney Agricultural Center, Parlier.
Hilgardia 43(5):10-11. DOI:10.3733/ca.v043n05p10. September 1989.
A small area at the stem end of the pistachio fruit, which hardens later than the rest of the tissues, is susceptible to puncturing by several insects during the growing season. Studies found that 60% to 74% of the kernel damage symptoms were at the stem end and along the suture areas.
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