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Promotion of flowering in Eucalyptus nitens by paclobutrazol was enhanced by nitrogen fertilizer

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Williams, DR and Potts, BM and Smethurst, PJ, Promotion of flowering in Eucalyptus nitens by paclobutrazol was enhanced by nitrogen fertilizer, Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 33, (1) pp. 74-81. ISSN 0045-5067 (2003) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1139/X02-157

Abstract

We examined the effects of nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizer and paclobutrazol on flowering precocity and abundance in Eucalyptus nitens Deane & Maid. Trials to test these effects consisted of a factorial nitrogen by phosphorus experiment replicated on two sites and factorial nitrogen by paclobutrazol experiments conducted separately on reproductively immature and reproductively mature trees. The increase in tree size due to nitrogen fertilization increased the occurrence and abundance of precocious flower buds. However, the increase in tree size alone could not account for the nitrogen effect on flowering, indicating a secondary mechanism of flower induction by nitrogen. The application of both nitrogen fertilizer and paclobutrazol substantially increased the occurrence of precociously flowering trees over that of either treatment applied alone. The efficacy of both paclobutrazol and nitrogen in stimulating the flowering of the reproductively mature trees was affected by soil type, but this effect was overcome through the combination of nitrogen and paclobutrazol. The combination of nitrogen and paclobutrazol also restricted tree growth and combined applications on nitrogen deficient sites will be beneficial in commercial systems for producing eucalypt seed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries Sciences
Research Field:Fish Pests and Diseases
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Forestry
Objective Field:Hardwood Plantations
Author:Williams, DR (Dr Dean Williams)
Author:Potts, BM (Professor Brad Potts)
Author:Smethurst, PJ (Dr Philip Smethurst)
ID Code:27815
Year Published:2003
Web of Science® Times Cited:20
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2003-08-01
Last Modified:2009-07-31
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