Staff Profile

Dr Stuart Tustin
Science Group Leader, Fruit Crops Physiology & Pollination
Sustainable Production

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Dr Stuart Tustin


BHortSci (Hons), Horticulture, Massey University, New Zealand
PhD, Plant Physiology, Massey University, New Zealand

Research Interests & Activities

Physiological and environmental regulation of fruit development and productivity of deciduous tree fruit crops, intensive orchard production systems, regulation of fruit quality - specialising in apple. Orchard canopy architecture and planting systems design, structural-functional relationships regulating plant development including rootstock-induced vigour control. Source-sink relations and carbon allocation in fruit development and and fruit quality.

International Collaboration

University of Bologna
Chair of the Orchard and Plantation Systems Working Group of the Fruit Section of the International Society for Horticultural Science.
Tasmanian Institute of Agricultural Research

Honours & Awards

Fellow, New Zealand Insitute of Agriculture and Horticultural Sciences

Professional Memberships

Member, New Zealand Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Science
Member, International Society for Horticultural Science

Key Publications

Saei A, Tustin DS, Zamani Z, Talaie A, Hall AJ. 2011. Cropping effects on the loss of apple fruit firmness during storage: The relationship between texture retention and fruit dry matter concentration. Scientia Hort. 130: 256-265.
Van Hooijdonk B, Woolley D, Warrington I, Tustin S 2011. Rootstocks modify scion architecture, endogenous hormones and root growth of newly grafted ‘Royal Gala’ apple trees. Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science 136: 93-102
Palmer JW, Harker FW, Tustin DS, Johnston J 2010. Fruit dry matter concentration: a new quality metric for apples. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 90: 2586-2594.
Van Hooijdonk BM, Woolley DJ, Warrington IJ, Tustin DS 2010.  Initial alteration of scion architecture by dwarfing apple rootstocks may involve shoot-root-shoot- signalling by auxin, gibberellins and cytokinins. Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotechnology 85: 59-65
Celton J-M, Tustin DS, Chagne D, Gardiner SE 2009.  Construction of a dense genetic linkage map for apple rootstocks using SSRs developed from Malus ESTs and Pyrus genomic sequences. Tree Genetics and Genomics 5: 93-107
Rusholme Pilcher RL, Celton J-M, Gardiner SE, Tustin DS 2008. Genetic markers linked to the dwarfing trait of apple rootstock ‘Malling 9’. Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science 133(1): 100-106.
Seleznyova AN, Tustin DS. Thorp TG 2008. Apple dwarfing rootstocks and interstocks affect the type of growth units produced during the annual growth cycle: precocious transition to flowering affects the composition and vigour of annual shoots. Annals of Botany 101: 679-687
Seleznyova AN, Thorp TG, White MD, Tustin DS, Costes E 2003. Application of architectural analysis and AMAPmod methodology to study dwarfing phenomenon: the branch structure of ‘Royal Gala’ apple grafted on dwarfing and non-dwarfing rootstock/interstock combinations. Annals of Botany 91: 665-672.
Bertelsen MG, Tustin DS, Waagepetersen RP 2002. Effects of GA3 and GA4+7 on early bud development of apple. J. Hort. Sci. and Biotech. 77 (1): 83-90.

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