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


Takuya Morimoto

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


Mr Tsubasa Izawa (4th Grade)

Mr Mateus Oliveira Gomes (Master)


Tanaka T., Cruz, A. F., Ono N., Kanaya S. Clustering Analysis of Soil Microbial Community on a Global Scale. Intern. J. Bioinf. Res. Appl. (In press)

Dilzahan H. A., Yoshida M., Umeda M., Calubaquib M.A., Organo N.D., Cruz A.F. (2020) Biocontrol of soil diseases and soil profile associated with rhizosphere of rice (Subsp.) growing paddy fields in Kansai region, Japan. Acta Agric. Scand. Section B-Soil and Plant Sci., 70: 444-455.

Murakami K., Cruz A.F., Pires M.C., Icuma I.M., Yamanishi O.K. (2019) Effect of the environment and use of alternative products in the post-harvest of papaya. Revista Brasileira Fruticultura 42(3): e-505.

Lopes L.F., Cruz A.F., Barreto M.L.A., Blum L.E.B. (2020) Control of anthracnose in papaya fruits by acetylsalicylic acid and 1-methylcyclopropene. Bioscience Journal 36 (1): 133-141.

Cruz A.F., Pires M.C., Nascimento L.K.B., Ramos M.L.G., Oliveira S.A., Blum L.E.B., Yamanishi O.K. (2020) Cover cropping system and mulching can shape soil microbial status in fruit orchards. Scientia Agricola 77 (4) e20180316.

Suwastika I.N., Cruz A.F., Pakawaru N.A., Wijayanti W., Muslimin, Basri Z., Ishizaki Y., Tanaka T., Ono N., Kanaya S., Shiina T. (2019) The Cacao plantation in Sulawesi Island - Indonesia: Characterization of the soil microbial community. Eurasian Soil Science 52(10): 1234-1243.

Cruz A.F., Almeida G.M., Wadt P.G.S., Pires M.C., Ramos M.L.G. Seasonal variation of plant mineral nutrition in fruit trees. (2019) Brazilian Archives of Biology and Technology 62, e19180340.

Cruz A.F., Barka G.D., Blum L.E.B., Tanaka T., Ono N., Kanaya S., Reineke A. (2019) Evaluation of microbial communities in peels of Brazilian tropical fruits by amplicon sequence analysis. Brazilian Journal of Microbiology 1: 1-10.

Cruz A.F., Resende D.V., Blum L.E.B. (2018) The microbial community living within the rust fungus Uromyces hawksworthii assessed through metagenome analysis. SciFed Journal of Mycology 1: 3.

Dutra J.B., Blum L.E.B., Lopes L.F., Cruz A.F., Uesugi C.H. (2018) Use of hot water, combination of hot water and phosphite, and 1-MCP as post-harvest treatments for passion fruit (Passiflora edulis f. flavicarpa) reduces anthracnose and does not alter fruit quality. Horticulture Environment and Biotechnology 59(6): 847-856.

Cruz A.F., Suwastika I.N., Sasaki H., Uchiyama T., Pakawaru N.A., Wijayanti W., Basri Z., Ishizaki Y., Shiina T. (2018) Cacao plantations on Sulawesi Island, Indonesia I: An agro-ecological analysis of conventional and organic farms. Organic Agriculture 9(2): 225-234.

Cruz A.F., Barka G.D., Sylla J., Reineke A. (2018) Biocontrol of strawberry fruit infected by Botrytis cinerea: Effects on the microbial communities on fruit assessed by Next-Generation Sequencing. Journal of Phytopathology 166: 403-411.

Cruz A.F., Silva L.F., Sousa T.V., Nicoli A., Paula Junior T.J., Caixeta E.T., Zambolim L. (2018) Molecular diversity in Fusarium oxysporum isolates from common bean fields in Brazil. European Journal of Plant Pathology 152: 343-354.

Lopes, L.F., Cruz, A.F., Barreto, M.L.A., Blum, L.E.B. (2018) Post-harvest treatment with Ca-phosphite reduces anthracnose without alter papaya fruit quality. J. Hort. Sci. Biotech. 93: 272-278. DOI: 10.1080/14620316.2017.1361342

Silva, L.P., Ramos, M.L., Cruz, A.F., Calbo, M.E. (2016) Photosynthesis in different genotypes of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.). Agroecossistemas. 8: 20-40

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 Fl├╝gge) 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


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