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Effects of environment, season and crop load on gas exchange and plant water status of Annona spp. hybrid cultivar, African Pride

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George, AP and Nissen, RJ, Effects of environment, season and crop load on gas exchange and plant water status of Annona spp. hybrid cultivar, African Pride, Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotechnology, 77, (2) pp. 131-136. ISSN 1462-0316 (2002) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/14620316.2002.11511468

Abstract

Diurnal changes in net carbon dioxide assimilation (A), leaf conductance (gs) and leaf water potential (ψL) were investigated for custard apple (Annona cherimola × Annona squamosa) trees of cultivar ‘African Pride’ in subtropical Queensland, Australia. Most of the variation in A and gs could be attributed to changes in r.h. (r20.69, P < 0.05). The addition of other variables besides r.h. into multiple linear regressions analysis added little to explaining the variation in A or gs. Leaf water potential (ψL) was highly responsive to air temperature (AT) (r2 = 0.56, P < 0.05). The marked sensitivity of custard apple stomata to low r.h. may be one of the reasons for poor fruit set and size of custard apple fruit under subtropical conditions because of carbohydrate source limitations. The fruit set and early fruit growth of custard apple in the field could be improved by techniques which raise r.h., such as the use of windbreaks and overhead intermittent misting.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:air temperature, Australia, carbon dioxide fixation, circadian rhythm, cultivar, fruit set, fruit size, genetic variability, leaf gas exchange, leaf water potential, linear regression analysis, plant water relation, stomatal conductance, tree
Research Division:Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
Research Group:Horticultural Production
Research Field:Horticultural Crop Growth and Development
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Horticultural Crops
Objective Field:Horticultural Crops not elsewhere classified
Author:Nissen, RJ (Mr Robert Nissen)
ID Code:115579
Year Published:2002
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2017-03-31
Last Modified:2017-09-22
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