Drought in Deciduous Fruit Trees: Implications for Yield and Fruit Quality

  • Gerardo LopezEmail author
  • M. Hossein Behboudian
  • Joan Girona
  • Jordi Marsal


In many production areas of the world deciduous fruit trees require irrigation to maximize yield and optimize fruit quality. Drought could therefore have a negative impact on fruit production. This chapter addresses yield and fruit quality responses of deciduous fruits (DF) to drought. The chapter has emphasis on the most important deciduous fruit trees and includes apple, apricot, cherry, peach, pear, and plum. Confronted with a period of drought, fruit growers’ success will depend on their ability to modify cultural practices. We evaluated various strategies at different levels of water shortage. We expected that this chapter will introduce enough information to understand the effects of drought in deciduous fruit tree orchards and facilitate fruit marketability under water shortage.


Water Stress Deficit Irrigation Fruit Firmness Regulate Deficit Irrigation Aroma Volatile 
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Abbreviations and Acronyms


Conventional irrigation, commercial irrigation


Deciduous fruits


Deficit irrigation


Crop evapotranspiration


Fruit firmness


Internal ethylene concentration


No irrigation


Regulated deficit irrigation


Relative dry matter


Starch pattern index


Soluble solids concentration


Severe summer pruning


Stem water potential


Titratable acidity



This work was supported by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (MICINN) projects CSD2006-00067 of CONSOLIDER-INGENIO 2010 and AGL2009-10237.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerardo Lopez
    • 1
    Email author
  • M. Hossein Behboudian
    • 1
  • Joan Girona
    • 1
  • Jordi Marsal
    • 1
  1. 1.Irrigation TechnologyInstitut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentàries (IRTA), Centre UdL-IRTALleidaSpain

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