The Italian Almond Industry: New Perspectives and Ancient Tradition

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Abstract

The almond industry in Italy presents a high degree of structural variability that is determined by the jeopardized coexistence of old, traditional orchards and new plantations that differ each other not only in terms of age but also mainly in terms of orchard system. Apulia and Sicily still remain the most important production areas where the 90% of the almond orchards are concentrated. In this southern part of Italy, almond and its derivatives still remain really important.In the last two decades, the Italian almond industry did not show a regular trend, neither with respect to production nor to acreage. An innovative almond industry revealed its consistency year after year since 2000: self-fertile cultivars, clonal rootstocks and new planting design ideal for mechanization were the most important technical aspects which revealed a new way to set up almond orchards.As a matter of fact, the Italian almond industry is still characterized by two strongly different structures: a traditional one, which is based upon old cultivars and orchard systems, with unsatisfactory yields indeed, and an innovative one which is really interesting and appears to be able to partially renew the sector.Technical aspects on this new way to obtain innovative almond orchards and their perspectives are here reported mostly in terms of technical choices.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)401-406
Numero di pagine6
RivistaACTA HORTICULTURAE
Volume1028
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Horticulture

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