Cultivation above the ground: Apple

The leaching of nitrogen and the emission of other environmentally harmful substances in the growing of apples on sandy soil is too high, resulting in failing to meet the objectives set by the government to reduce the environmental burden and to achieve an ecologically good water quality. For the purpose of these objectives the possibility for chemical soil disinfestation will disappear, while the opportunities for fruit size regulation are limited.

In addition there are some cultivation related desires in this branch such as fruit size regulation, homogeneity in planting and reduce the susceptibility for scabies and fruit tree cancer.

The goal of this project is to provide proof of principles for the cultivation above the ground of the apple-crop in order to minimize nitrogen leaching on sandy soils. Given the duration of the cycle of the apple cultivation – in full ground 12 years – this is a limited exploration