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National Soft Fruit Conference 2000

Good flavour in strawberry fruit is an attribute, which is gaining increasing importance in the production of strawberries. It is possible that the flavour of modern strawberry varieties has been sacrificed to an extent as a result of intensive production, and the tendency towards optimising yields, fruit shape and colour, and breeding resistance to pests and diseases. Flavour is now being ranked as being of equal importance with respect to other quality parameters. A research programme has therefore been put in place to identify the factors that influence flavour. The ultimate objective is to incorporate improved flavour into intensively produced strawberry fruits.

28 March 2000
Event Proceeding
35 Pages
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Mushroom Production

Mushroom production has expanded steadily over the past decade and there are approximately 580 growers throughout the country. Ireland is now exporting over 35,000 tones of fresh mushrooms, while consumption on the domestic market is approaching 10,000 tonnes. Total production is around 50,000 tonnes per annum with 70% exported. Mushrooms have been a major success story in diversification, providing income and employment on many small farms. It is an ideal complementary enterprise on farms where there is available labour.

01 January 2000
2 Pages