Understanding the Cropping Behaviour of Riberry (Syzygium leuhnmannii)

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Commercial use of Syzygium in Australia is confined mainly to the landscape and home garden market but there is growing interest in processing of the fruit, particularly Riberry (Syzygium luehmannii). 
This RIRDC study highlights the complexity of flowering biology in Syzygium and demonstrates how a basic understanding of a species’ fundamental biology is necessary for successful commercial cultivation.  This report brings together useful information from previous international research on Syzygium as well as providing a basic understanding of flowering biology, the nature of fruit set and seediness in riberry.  Much of these findings have implications for the cultural management of riberry orchards to optimise fruit set and minimise seed set.  It raises the possibility of avenues for genetic improvement.

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