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Date: Jun 26, 2017

FSAB congress in Palermo The ’Flower induction, fruit set and alternate bearing‘ (FSAB) congress in June 2017 at the University of Palermo exceeded the organizer ’s expectation and attracted as many as ca. 100 scientists from 26 countries and all continents.

Alternate bearing, i.e. change of years with high and low fruit crop, is a common issue in worldwide fruit production- fruit crops most affected include almond, pistachio, Citrus mandarin, litchi and mango and in apple, Honeycrisp, Fuji and Elstar.

This inaugural congress was jointly organised by Prof. Francesco Marra und Prof. Tiziano Caruso, ISHS and the Italian Society for Fruit Cultivation SOI.

INRES – Horticultural Science contributed a lecture on ’Underlying mechanisms of alternate bearing in cv. ’Elstar’ apple, based on Ms Krasniqi’s diploma thesis and our review on this topic in Plant Science* and provided the chairman of the physiology session.

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