Evaluation of thinning intensity on loquat fruit quality.
The effects of thinning intensity on loquat fruit quality were studied in Brazil. Five cultivars and one loquat selection, as well as 4 thinning intensities (4, 6, 8, and 10 fruits per panicle) were evaluated. Panicles were thinned and wrapped in newspaper on the same day. Fruit length and width, seed and fruit weight, pH, titratable acidity, and total soluble solids were evaluated. Thinning at 4 fruits per panicle resulted in fruits of superior length, width and weight. Seed weight, pH, titratable acidity and total soluble solids content were not affected by the thinning intensity.