The UK cider industry relies on a vast number of apple growers to ensure that there is a supply of the highest quality cider apples each year.
NACM and its members have a dedicated Pomology Committee, forming a panel of experts, who focus on three main areas:
- Supporting apple growers
- Providing individual support for apple growers and ensuring that all growers have access to the latest information through annual events and through our website
- Researching ways to improve cider apple growing
- Continual research and monitoring of cider apple growing best practice. Funding a range of research programmes and ensuring new information is shared with cider apple growers
- Current PhD research updates:
- Catherine Chapman – Belowground carbon sequestration potential of apple trees – Summary September 2020 Carbon sequestration
- Chris Cook – Understanding resilience of soil beneficials to combat apple replant disease – Summary August 2020 Apple replant disease
- Thomas Heaven – Novel ways of managing tree crop fungal diseases: Using precision diagnostic technologies to tailor disease management strategies – Recent Poster presentation Apple scab and apple powdery mildew
- Monitoring Legislation
- Cider apple growing, like all aspects of agriculture is heavily regulated. We monitor any proposed changes to regulation that could impact apple growers and represent the cider apple industry both in the UK and abroad, where necessary.
List of research under the Collaborative Training Partnership for Fruit Crop Research:
|Name||Research Title||Date started|
|Stuart Edwards||Pests, plants and parasitoids: how does climate variability affect tri-trophic interactions in apple orchards?||2017|
|Magdalena Cobo-Medina||Combining root architecture, root function and soil management to improve production efficiency and quality of apples||2017|
|Carlota Gonzalez||Mechanisms of winter dormancy break and how to better influence in the context of climate change||2017|
|Thomas Heaven||Novel ways of managing tree crop fungal diseases: Using precision diagnostic technologies to tailor disease management strategies||2018|
|Matteo Luberti||Investigating durable resistance to Phytophthora cactorum in strawberry and apple||2018|
|Chris Cook||Understanding soil resilience to improve tree health (apple replant disease)||2018|
|Catherine Chapman||Belowground carbon sequestration potential of apple trees||2019|
|Cindayniah Godfrey||Resistance and susceptibility in interactions between apple and woolly aphids||2019|
|Marios Stamatiou||Managing living mulch (cover crops) to improve soil health (including nutrient cycling) and encourage natural enemies||2020|
|Hayden Tempest||Radio-tagging earwigs to understand the breakdown in successful woolly apple aphid, Eriosoma lanigerum (Hausmann) control||2020|
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We offer a dedicated support line for all cider apple growers in the UK, whether you supply an NACM member or grow cider apples to make your own ciders.
If you have any pomology related enquiries, require support or advice, please contact us on the form at the bottom of the page.
Welsh Perry and Cider Heritage Project https://www.welshcider.co.uk/resources
AHDB Horticulture https://horticulture.ahdb.org.uk/sector/tree-fruit
NIAB-EMR PhD project http://www.ctp-fcr.org/
Latest Pomology News
With many old and heritage varieties of apple trees beginning to disappear, this project is using genotyping – a process that compares DNA to find the differences in genetic make-up.
Sandford Orchards is working with scientists from Bristol University to identify and preserve ancient apple varieties in their beautiful historic orchards in mid Devon
As part of its 2021 apple tree planting season, Thatchers Cider is introducing its Community Orchard Project.
If you have any pomology related enquiries, require support or advice, please contact us on the form below.