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The kiwifruit (Actinidia deliciosa) was relatively unknown several decades ago, but it has become a major worldwide fruit crop in recent years. There are now nearly 170,000 acres planted throughout many countries in both the northern and southern hemispheres. Acreage within the United States is only about 7,200 acres, almost all of which is found within California.

Indigenious to southeast Asia, the kiwifruit has been known to inhabitants of China and southeast Asia since ancient times. It is commonly found growing on forest margins of China's Yangtze Valley, where it grows naturally as a vigorous deciduous fruiting vine, often to a height of 30 feet or more.

Kiwifruit was introduced into the United States in the early 1930's by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The fruit was recognized as a potential new crop that seemed to be adaptable to the southern and western United States. Plants were distributed for trial throughout those areas, but the fruit was not immediately accepted by the public.

Today Kiwifruit is marketed throughout the world by numerous countries including New Zealand, Chile, and Australia in the southern hemisphere and Italy, Japan, France, Greece, and the United States in the northern hemisphere.


The Kiwifruit Industry - An Overview:  History & commercial development, Marketing, Costs of Production

The Kiwifruit Vine and Fruit:  The genus Actinidia, Vine structure & physiology, Flower & fruit development

Establishing the Vineyard:  Site selection & vineyard development, Propagation, Vineyard planning, design & planting, Training your vines

Cultural Considerations:  Dormant pruning, Summer pruning, Fruit thinning, Irrigation systems, Irrigation scheduling, Measuring soil moisture, Pollination, Nutrition & fertilization, Frost sensitivity & protection

Pest Management:  Weed control, Nematodes, Diseases, Insects & mites

Harvest and Postharvest Handling:  Postharvest physiology & causes, Composition, marturity & quality, Harvesting & preparation for market, Cooling, storage, transportation, Postharvest storage diseases

Color Plates, Index.

Janine K Hasey, R Scott Johnson, Joseph A Grant and Wilbur O Reil, Technical Editors, 1994, illustrated with tables, charts & graphs, color photos, b&w photos, soft.  $27.00


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