Stone fruit resources

AHDB Horticulture funded an extensive programme of research on many aspects of commercial stone fruit production. The available reports and resources are listed below. 


Mammal pests

Managing rabbit problems associated with horticulture

Rodent control on farms


Managing spider mites on cherry

Research project TF 219: Control of spider mite (Tetranychus urticae) on protected cherry using the predatory mite Amblyseius andersoni


Plum fruit moth wallchart

Research project TF 219: Control of spider mite (Tetranychus urticae) on protected cherry using the predatory mite Amblyseius andersoni



Research project TF 227: An evolutionary approach to develop durable disease resistance to bacterial canker of cherry


Plum demonstration centre - centre of excellence for best practice in plum production

Beneficial insects

A review: Impacts of wildflower interventions on beneficial insects in fruit crops

Ear wig friendly spray programmes

Video: Enhancing beneficial insects at the Plum Demonstration Centre

Biocontrol and integrated pest management

Developing novel biocontrol methods for plum and cherry crops

Research project TF 194: Biocontrol methods in pest and disease management in plum and cherry production

Benefits of natural enemies at the Video: Plum Demonstration Centre

Food safety

Video: Webinar - Disinfecting irrigation water for use on fresh produce

Video: Webinar - Microbials, Keeping it clean

Video: Webinar - Microbials, Managing risk in the production of fresh produce

Irrigation and water

Establishing a resilient water supply

Protecting the water supply for your crops

Research project TF 210: Deriving irrigation set points of high-intensity apple and sweet cherry orchards

Labour and skills

Edible horticulture skills survey

Video: Webinar - operating in a reduced labour market

Video: Webinar - Using LEAN techniques to improve labour efficiency in horticulture

Video: Webinar - Using your time effectively

Nutrient management

Introduction to fertigation

RB209 Section 7 Fruit, vines and hops


Measuring soil nutrients, pH and organic matter

Video: Soil health for horticulture - a GREATsoils webinar

Video: GREATsoils - the worm count test

Video: Webinar - Soil health improvement – Cover crops and organic amendments


Video: Introduction new plum selections at the Plum Demonstration Centre

Research project TF 172a: New rootstocks for apples, pears and cherries (continuation)

Research project TF 172b: New for apples, pears and cherries (continuation II)

Research project TF 176: Cherries and Plums: Evaluation of new scion varieties/selections

Useful links

Tree fruit review 2019

Tree Fruit Agronomists Handbook