The work group develops strategies and solutions for improved and sustainable quality in Pomology and Viticulture. A main goal is the characterization of vitality by physiological and metabolites and biomarkers and the long-term increase of quality in fruits. Particular attention is paid to the development of sustainable cultivation strategies for Austrian conditions including environmental issues around organic production, soil and water use, quality, energy and biodiversity.
The studies are conducted by Andreas Spornberger and Katharina Schödl-Hummel in field- and greenhouse experiments. Hereby, we monitor markers and screen the interaction of effects from management and environment. New markers, linked with quality parameters in fruits are going to be defined applying metabolomical tools. The group engages in the conservation and the utilization of genetic resources in fruit production, forest gardening and the use of edible plants in public spaces. In close cooperation with the fruit industry projects are conducted to provide solutions for risk management strategies in the field for both integrated and organic production, post-harvest, storage and technical usability of regionally produced fruits.
Kontakt: Ass.Prof. Dr. Andreas Spornberger, Dr. Katharina Schödl-Hummel
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