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Cover of the book Cherries: botany, production and uses

Cherries: botany, production and uses

Sweet and sour cherry (Prunus avium and Prunus cerasus) production is large in scale; demand for the fruit is high and growing. A new publication by INRA researchers in liaison with an international network of scientists offers a comprehensive review of recent, major scientific and technical developments in cherry production.

Updated on 12/14/2017
Published on 11/21/2017

A significant number of new varieties, rootstocks and crop systems have been developed and implemented in recent years to improve efficiency and profitability in cherry orchards.  The work illustrates and describes the latest scientific and technical advances, notably in genetics and genomics, made possible by the massive growth of modern technology in molecular biology. It also presents developments in the design of intensive production systems in orchards, driven by the introduction of new dwarfing and precocious rootstocks. This exceptionally rich publication covers particularly dynamic areas of research, including damage caused by pests and exotic diseases, as well as threats to crop sustainability, such as climate change. Also examined are a wide array of approaches, including genetics, ecophysiology, production, protection and how the cherries are used.

The publication brought together an international and multidisciplinary team of 71 specialists from 19 different countries.  It is the culmination of COST FA1104 (European Cooperation in Science and Technology), a project for the sustainable production of high-quality cherries for the European market directed by José Quero Garcia (INRA) from 2012 to 2016.

The publication will no doubt become a reference for cherry tree specialists, both for researchers and students in fruit farming, and all professionals along the value chain, from production and post-harvest processing to commercialisation.


Quero-Garcia J., Iezzoni A., Pulawska J., Lang G., eds. (2017). Cherries  Botany, Production and Uses, CABI editions, 550 pages.