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Most commercial fruit-bearing trees are susceptible to winter injury. Reduction of freezing injury of marginally hardy crop plants has generally involved breeding more suitable cultivars, good site selection, providing mechanical protection, and attempting to slow down autumn growth without restricting photosynthesis. The above-mentioned attempts have been partially successful and encourage further study into the cause of the injury and to prevent damage of the plants. A better understanding of the winterkill mechanism that manifests itself visibly in the cracking of the wood, and subsequent development of methods of protection could lead to increased production from the new and imported cultivars.
thermal diffusivity and deformation of grapevines
Newton, Ashok and W.K. Bilanski. 1978. THERMAL DIFFUSIVITY AND DEFORMATION OF GRAPEVINES. Canadian Agricultural Engineering 20(1):24-29.
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