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Cristián Balbontín on Chilean blueberries:

"If we want to be the best producers in terms of fruit quality, we need to develop technology"

For more than 10 years, the period of the so-called megadrought that is affecting the central-southern regions of Chile has been extending. In that same period, the blueberry market underwent a radical change with the expansion of crops, the boom in Peruvian production and the increase in varietal supply that, due to commercial competition, has been periodically launching new varieties with better, different or novel qualities.

That is why Cristián Balbontín carried out an investigation into the use of hormonal inducers; abscisic acid (ABA) and methyl jasmonate (MeJA) in cherries, to evaluate their effect on the splitting caused by rains that, erratically, can occur during the ripening and harvest period. The use of these inducers increased the expression of genes related to wax synthesis, as well as the presence of long-chain alkanes, which are the ones that provide greater impermeability to the cuticle.


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