Andre Freire Cruz

Laboratory of Pomology - Kyoto Prefectural Univeristy

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Main research

We usually performs field, green house and in vitro experiments. More specifically we conduct basic and applied researches on fruit growing in environmental friendly systems, resource conservation, and labor saving production to develop sustainable fruit growing.

In addition to sustainable agriculture we research on organic agriculture, soil microbiology, Biocontrol, non-pesticide and reduced fertilizers.

Our group also has international collaboration projects, such as Indonesia (Cacao), Brazil (Guava and Fusarium decaying), Germany and Uganda. In Japan, we conduct research on cooperation fruit growers mainly to stimulate environmental conservation farms.

The Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences offers undergraduation and graduate courses (Master and Doctor).

Research Interests

- Mycorrhizal studies

- Soil microbial community in fruit orchards

- Organic agriculture

- Biocontrol of soil-borne plant pathogens in fruit orchards

- Sustainable fruit growing

Lab. Colleagues


(Akihiro Itai)

Membership Societies: Japanese Society for Horticultural Science, Japanese Society for Breeding, International Society for Horticultural Science

Assistant Professor

Takuya Morimoto

Membership Societies: Japanese Society for Horticultural Science, International Society for Horticultural Science


Mr. Atsushi Okamura (4th Grade)

Mr Masaaki Yoshida (4th Grade)

Ms Hosne Ara Dilzahan (Master)


Lopes, L.F., Cruz, A.F., Barreto, M.L.A., Blum, L.E.B. (2017) Post-harvest treatment with Ca-phosphite reduces anthracnose without alter papaya fruit quality. J. Hort. Sci. Biotech. DOI: 10.1080/14620316.2017.1361342 (in press) (Read)

Silva, L.P., Ramos, M.L., Cruz, A.F., Calbo, M.E. (2017) Photosynthesis in different genotypes of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.). Agroecossistemas (in press)

Cruz, A.F., Oliveira, B.F., Pires, M.C. (2017) Optimum level of nitrogen and phosphorus to achieve better Papaya (var. Solo) seedlings growth and mycorrhizal colonization. Int. J. Fruit Sci. 2: 1-10

Cruz, A.F. (2016) Effect of light-emitting diodes on arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi associated with bahiagrass (Paspalum notatum Flügge) and millet [Pennisetum glaucum (L.) R.Br]. Bioagro, 28: 163-170

Ferraz, D.M.M., Blum, L.E.B., Cruz, A.F., Barreto, M.L.A., Uesugi, C.H., Peixoto, J.R. (2016) Phosphite to control anthracnose and post-harvest quality of guava under conventional and organic growth. Rev. Agric. 91: 249-264

Ferraz, D.M.M.; Blum, L.E.B.; Cruz, A.F.; Vasconcelos, T.M.M., Uesugi, C.H.; Barreto, M.L.A. (2016) Effect of calcium chloride on antracnose and chracteristics of guava fruits at post-harvest stage. Agrotropica 28 (3): 311-318

Bazghaleh, N., Hamel, C., Gan, Y., Knight, J.D., Vujanovic, V., Cruz A.F., Ishii, T. (2016) Phytochemicals induced in chickpea roots selectively and non-selectively stimulate and suppress fungal endophytes and pathogens. Plant Soil, 1-15, DOI:10.1007/s11104-016-2977-z

Oliveira, B.F., Cruz, A.F., Alves, E. (2016) Cassava starch coatings for postharvest control of papaya anthracnose. Phytop. Mediter. 55 (2): 276-284

Rezende, D.V., Cruz, A.F., Tsuji, G., Oliveira, B.F. Lima, A.A., Blum, L.E.B. (2015) Morphological and molecular characterization of the rust fungus Uromyces goyazensis (Basidiomycota: Pucciniales) on Loranthaceae from the Brazilian Cerrado. Aust. J. Mycol. 24: 47-58

Cruz, A.F., Medeiros, N.L., Benedet, G.L., Araújo, M.B., Uesugi, C.H., Ferreira, M.A.S.V. Peixoto, J.R., Blum, L.E.B. (2015) Control of post-harvest anthracnose infection in guava (Psidium guajava) fruits with phosphites, calcium chloride, acetyl salicylic acid, hot water, and 1-MCP. Hort. Env. Biotech. 56 (3): 330-340

Oliveira, P.R.P.M., Dianese, A.C., Fragoso, R.R., Cruz, A.F., Blum, L.E.B. (2014) Variability of Fusarium spp. isolates, causal agents of the soybean Sudden Death Syndrome. Acta Agric. Scand., Section B - Soil Pl. Sci. 64 (8): 675-682

Silva, L.P., Ribeiro Júnior, W.Q., Cruz, A.F., Oliveira, S.A., Ramos, M.L.G. (2015) Assessment of nutritional status of different genotypes of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.). J. Pl. Stud., 4 (2): 57-65

Cruz, A.F. (2015) Plant and bacterial extracts involved on arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus stimulation and pathogens suppression. Bioagro 27 (2): 103-110

Augustin, J., Cruz, A. F. (2014) The cost of urban security. J. Soc. Aesth. 1: 37-44

Cruz, A.F., Pires, M.C., Soares, W.R.O., Rezende, D.V., Blum, L.E.B. (2014) Soil-borne plant pathogens associated to decline of grapevine grown in greenhouse. J. Pl. Physiol. Path. 2 (1), DOI: 10.4172/2329-955X.1000115

Cruz, A.F., Soares, W.R.O., Blum, L.E.B. (2014) Impact of the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and bacteria on biocontrol of white root rot in fruit seedlinds. J. Pl. Physiol. Path. 2 (1), DOI: 10.4172/2329-955X.1000114

Cruz, A. F., Icuma, I. M., Yamanishi, O. K. (2014) The Japanese fruit industry: the market characteristics. Rev. Cient. Rural 15 (1): 13-21

Cruz, A. F., Icuma, I. M., Yamanishi, O. K. (2013) Production and consumption of fruits in Japan. Rev. Agric. 88 (1): 53-61

Ferraz, D. M. M., Blum, L. E. B., Cruz, A. F., Uesugi, C. H., Peixoto, J. R. (2013) Reduction of guava anthracnose (Colletotrichum gloeosporioides) by hot water treatments of fruits from organic or conventional system of production. Int. J. Postharv. Techn. Innov. 3 (3):272-284


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