With the objective of determining the viability of the cultivation of the new Japanese plum varieties in the Spanish region of Aragon, the regional Agro-Food Research and Technology Center (CITA) will coordinate the Ciruagon project, whose results will be applied directly in some of the main fruit-growing areas, such as Lower Aragón-Caspe.
With each variety, there will be an analysis of the varietal structure and an evaluation of its cold needs; of the self (in) compatibility and incompatibility alleles; of its phenological characterization (flowering and maturation) and of its pollination needs.
Javier Rodrigo will work together with Sara Herrera and Brenda Guerrero, researchers from the CITA Horticulture Unit, as heads of this project and they will be in charge of performing the technical follow-up, conducting tests and analyzing the results.
The cooperation group will also include Viveros Mariano Soria, the Association of Fruit Growers of Caspe (AFRUCCAS), Plantaciones Algairén (as beneficiaries) and Agrostock S.A., the Polytechnic University School of La Almunia and Andrea María Cistelecan as project partners.
The area devoted to plum cultivation in Aragon amounts to 1,000 hectares, with a production of more than 7,000 tons which would benefit from the information obtained with this project. In Spain, the plum tree is the second most important stone fruit crop in terms of total production, only behind the peach-nectarine group.
This project, which will be carried out between now and 2022, has been subsidized with 119,770 Euro from the Aragon Rural Development Program, co-financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Autonomous Region of Aragon.