Mango is one of the popular fruits in the world due to its attractive color, delicious taste and excellent nutritional properties. Known for its sweet fragrance and flavor, the mango has delighted the senses for more than 4000 years. A celebrated fruit, mango, now produced in most of the tropical parts of the globe.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Mango Clustering

Mango Clustering
Clustering of fruits after fruit at the tip is not conducive for the development of fruits.

This is characterized by a cluster of fruitlets at the tip of the panicle, giving a bunchy appearance.

These fruitlets are dark green with a deeper curve in the sinus beak region than in normal developing fruits.

After attaining pea or marble size, further growth of fruits is retarded and they remain on the panicle for some time.

This disorder in mango has not been well documented.

Preliminary observation suggested that it may be physiological in nature as no pest or disease was found to be associated.

The failure of fruit set due to adverse climatic conditions might have led to the increase of hermaphrodite flowers.

These fruits grow parthenocarpically up to the marble size.

It was shown that 92% of such fruits originated from aborted embryos.

Those panicles which showed clustering did not carry any fruit on the side rachis, and those panicles which carried fruits on the side rachis generally did not show the symptom of clustering. Mango Clustering
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