Visit us at Interpoma – Sector CD: stand – C21/44


The AppleGenie team is glad to invite you to visit us at Interpoma. We will be in the Sector CD: No. stand – C21/44 (TR Turoni). During Interpoma, interactive presentations have been scheduled every two hours in several language.

Click here for further details on the project and more information about the presentations. In our stand you can meet and interact with the AppleGenie Project team. They are all prestigious research institutes: IRTA (Spain), Plant and Food Research (NZ), CTIFL (France), and the University of Bologna that have combined their efforts with high tech. SME’s like NSure (NL), Turoni (IT) and Open Natur (SP).

AppleGenie ( project is an SME driven project funded by the European Community. The project aims at crossing the bridge between science and practice. Ineffective chemical thinning and the storage disorder bitter pit lower the production of high quality apples in Europe.

The AppleGenie project will develop diagnostic tests to handle and overcome these bottlenecks in apple horticulture. The test result should provide valuable information for the customer about insight in how to apply chemical thinners to achieve optimal profitability. Whereas regarding the test to be developed for bitter pit, the AppleGenie consortium is focussed on risk prediction before harvest. Preventive measures can then be taken if needed to overcome severe losses during storage. The diagnostics is based on gene activity measurements.

We would be glad to explain more about the AppleGenie project, so come and visit us on Interpoma.

We are looking forward to see you there.


Project Meeting Girona, 25th and 26th October 2016

The AppleGenie team has been together for their penultimate projectmeeting on the 25th and 26th of October 2016 at the IRTA facility in Girona, Spain.

Recent results from a diversity of experiments have been discussed, focussed on the development of molecular tools for thinning practice and bitter pit handling.

Promising results regarding the selection of molecular indicators for bitter pit risk assessment have been presented.

Forthcoming experiments are focussed on validation of the molecular indicators.

The next, final meeting will take place in Wageningen, The Netherlands and is planned for February 2017.

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Project meeting Bologna, February 2016


23-24th of February 2016 – Progress meeting at one of the meeting facilities of the University of Bologna


At the border of the second year the consortium members came together to discuss the outcome of the plant trials and the first results of the molecular analysis.

Plans have been made for the forthcoming final year of the project. Plans regarding the design of the validation trials as well as plans for dissemination of the findings.

The picture shows from left to right: Joan Bonany (IRTA), Peter McAtee and Robert Schaffer, both from Plant and Food Research NZ, Gloria Avila (IRTA), Luca Corelli, Brunella Morandi and Maria Angela Cane all from the University of Bologna, Peter Balk (NSure bv), Estanis Torres (IRTA), Tania Marques (Open Natur), Irene Romero (IRTA) and Enrico Turoni (TR Turoni S.r.l.)

AppleGenie Project represented at ‘Rencontre Technique – Maîtrise de la charge pommier/poirier’

On the 10th March of 2016 the AppleGenie project has been discussed at the Technical Meeting ‘Maîtrise de la charge pommier / poirier’. Click here for the programme

Programme Maitrise de la charge pommier et poirier_Balandran

Click here for Mr Joan Bonany’s presentation:

Presentation Maitrise de la charge pommier et poirier_Balandran

Click here for publication in ‘Manifestation Infos CTIFL’: Une recherche nationale et Européenne

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Click here for publication in ‘Paysan de Midi’ (01-04-2016)

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