Agroecological coverings for the sustainable production of Rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum L.)


Humberto Osorio Espinoza
Juan F. Aguirre-Cadena
Nidia Bélgica Pérez de la O
Alfredo I. Brindis-Santos
Francisco J. Marroquín-Agreda


Covers, Rambutan, Agroecology, quality of fruits


Objective: To evaluate the influence of living and dead covers on the yield and quality of rambutan fruits (Nephelium lappaceum L.) in Soconusco, Chiapas, Mexico.

Design / methodology / approach: Five treatments were evaluated, two live covers, two dead covers and an always clean control without covers. The following were evaluated: plant height, crown volume, fruit quality, fruit yield (t ha-1). The data were analyzed under a randomized block experimental design.

Results: All the agroecological modalities of hedging evaluated produced fruits with the quality required for national and international commercialization.

Study limitations / implications: The morphological and physiological response of the crop can change with the age of the tree.

Findings / conclusions: An agroecological management strategy is presented to develop rambutan cultivation in Soconusco region.

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