This thesis aimed at improving the average as well as the uniformity in pineapple quality in Benin. Results indicated that the plant vigour at artificial flowering induction (common practice in pineapple cultivation) was associated with the fruit weight (more with the infructescence and less with crown weight).
Artificial flowering induction was the cultural practice reducing the average fruit quality. The reason why a high proportion of pineapple fruits from Benin was not exportable to Europe was the high value in the ratio crown: infructescence height (above 1.5) (in cv. Sugarloaf); and a ratio crown: infructescence height as well as a Total Soluble Solids below 12 ºBrix (in cv. Smooth Cayenne). Pruning of side shoots was investigated as tool to improve average and uniformity in pineapple quality, but no improvement was observed. The use of heavy planting material at planting improved fruit quality and increased proportion of exportable fruits to Europe.