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Fadhilnor Abdullah

Doctor of Philosophy, (Plant Physiology)
Study Completed: 2018
College of Sciences


Thesis Title
Manipulation of canopy architecture and possible vigour control mechanisms in kiwifruit

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Kiwifruit is New Zealand's top horticultural export anticipating record production this year. However, growers are still facing a major problem in terms of excessive vegetative growth. Therefore, there is a strong need to develop managing solutions in kiwifruit, for example through vigour controlling rootstocks. These solutions could offer New Zealand kiwifruit growers some great advantages with long-term effects, improving production efficiencies at a low cost. Mr Abdullah’s research focused on the evaluation of the potential vigour-controlling rootstocks and other growth manipulations including canopy architecture that could provide alternative methods for vigour control in kiwifruit. He found that a few selected inter-specific hybrid rootstocks could be used as a potential vigour-controlling tool in kiwifruit. By studying the vigour-controlling mechanisms in relation to plant hormonal physiology, Mr Abdullah’s research has provided valuable insights into understanding the potential approaches for vigour manipulation of kiwifruit vines.

Professor Peter Kemp
Dr Ben Van Hooijdonk
Dr Adam Friend
Dr David Woolley