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

Spotted wing drosophila (SWD)

Disposing of fruit waste affected by spotted wing drosophila

Spotted wing drosophila hub - information on identification, monitoring, management and more

‘Good Vibrations’ – Developing and testing the efficacy of biotremology as a control strategy to disrupt mating/reproductive success in Lygus rugulipennis and Drosophila suzukii in strawberry

Review of parasitoids of spotted wing drosophila (SWD) in the UK

Research project CP 142: Enhancing control of the soft- and stone-fruit pest Drosophila suzukii (Spotted Wing Drosophila) by exploiting its activity patterns in the field (Studentship)

Research project CP 171: The use of highly attractive yeast strains for controlling Drosophila suzukii (spotted wing drosophila)

Research project SF/TF 145: Understanding and developing methods for managing spotted wing drosophila (SWD) in the UK - vital research to maintain the viability of the UK fruit industry

Research project SF/TF 145a: Development and implementation of season long control strategies for Drosophila suzukii in soft and tree fruit


Research project CP 205: WP19 Prevention of storage rots in stone fruit


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

Crop management

Research project TF 205: Stone fruit thinning; a desk study of recent developments overseas

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

Stone fruit crop walkers' guide

Tree fruit review 2019

Tree Fruit Agronomists Handbook