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The magical mystery of an apple’s sleep

It might have been an apple that Snow White bit into that sent her into a death-like sleep but, this notion of suspended animation is not the stuff of fairytales nor science-fiction stories.  Apples, one of the most popular fruit…

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Hortgro 1662 Industry Award goes to Buks Nel and Henk Griessel

By Elise-Marie Steenkamp The formidable duo, Buks Nel and Henk Griessel, are this year’s recipients of the coveted Hortgro 1662 Industry Award for their invaluable contribution to the South African deciduous fruit industry. The 1662 Industry Award was initiated by…

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The quest for the origins of the apple tree

By Elise-Marie Steenkamp In a career that spanned more than five decades, horticulturist Buks Nel, wondered about many things in life…and more specifically about apple trees. He has solved many plant riddles, made new discoveries (including his now-famous Bigbucks apple…

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HORTGRO GAAN WOORDFEES TOE

Persverklaring: 4 Februarie 2020 SAGTEVRUGTE GAAN WOORDFEES TOE! As jy gedink het Eva het vir Adam met ‘n appel verlei, of dat Granny Smith jou oumagrootjie se kleinniggie is, wag daar ‘n groot verrassing op jou. Die Suid-Afrikaanse sagtevrugtebedryf is…

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WITTE WIJNAPPEL BACK IN COMPANY’S GARDEN

Company’s Garden reclaims a piece of its history The return of the first apple tree planted in the iconic Company’s Garden in the late 1650s is a remarkable story, made possible through a partnership between Tru-Cape, Hortgro and the Cape…

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INDUSTRY TAKES POWER BACK: New dispensation on pome fruit

Load shedding and dispensation for loadout temperatures for apples and winter pears have been a major concern for the pome fruit industry. Now, in a pro-active step, the Packhouse Action Group (PAG) load shedding workgroup met recently to discuss the impact…

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State-of-the-art CA facility launched at US

Hortgro Pome recently invested R2.5m in a new controlled atmosphere research facility at Stellenbosch University. The launch was held last week during the annual Hortgro Pome CA Meeting. The facility will help solve post-harvest problems within the deciduous fruit industry.…

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