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Published in Scientific Papers. Series B, Horticulture, Vol. LXVI, Issue 1
Written by Damian DRAGOMIR, Mihaela DOGARU, Cristian CĂLINIŢĂ, Dorel HOZA, Florin STĂNICĂ, Adrian George PETICILĂ, Ligia ION

The paper presents partial data related to the evolution of three chokeberry Aronia varieties, grown organically. Aronia melanocarpa, is a crop that is very suitable for organic system, and its fruits have special nutraceutical qualities, containing very high levels of anthocyanins and flavonoids, as well other important substances that can reduce the risk of serious illness. The experiment was performed on plantation established in 2020 in a farm belonging to Fruit Research Station in Ilfov County. The chokeberry cultivars observed were: ʻMelromʼ, ʻNeroʼ and ʻGalicjankaʼ. Planting distances 1.5 m/3 m, in 2 variants, plants canopy conducted as bush. In 2021, number of shoots and inflorescences per plant, shoots length and the number of fruits per inflorescence were done. Also, fruit weight, size, sugar content, and pH for each cultivar were determined. The observations showed for shoots growth values between 70-117 cm with and average number of fruits per inflorescence between 15-22. Regarding fruit weight varied between 0.54 and 1.63 grams. The study will continue in order to gather more data for the organic cropping system of Aronia.

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