Flower mapping: describing flower development to increase the economic value of plant material

Microscopic examination of buds can forecast harvest size and volume in fruits, cereals and flowers.

Plantalogica carries out research into the plants of growers, propagators and breeders in order to determine how these plants will develop. By opening small growth buds under a microscope the development of the future flowers becomes visible.

In case of strawberries for instance, by following the way the main flowers develop it's not only possible to indicate the future number of trusses per plant but also to give insight in the development stage of these trusses. Plantalogica has developed a method for describing strawberry development that is not only suitable for June-bearers but also for everbearing varieties.

Describing the development of the flower – flower mapping– can increase the economic value of plant material in crop production chains. It contributes to an improvement of commercial crop cultivation in terms of optimising production, quality and sustainability. The method Plantalogica uses to carry out flower mapping can be applied to a wide variety of plants such as strawberries, raspberries, orchids, cereals and many other flowering plants.