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Phosphorus fertiliser can induce earlier vegetative phase change in Eucalyptus nitens


Williams, DR and Potts, BM and Smethurst, PJ, Phosphorus fertiliser can induce earlier vegetative phase change in Eucalyptus nitens, Australian Journal of Botany, 52, (2) pp. 281-284. ISSN 0067-1924 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1071/BT03135


Many eucalypts are heteroblastic, exhibiting a distinct change in leaf morphology through their ontogeny. The physiological and chronological age at which the tree switches from the production of juvenile foliage to adult foliage (vegetative phase change) can be under strong genetic control and influenced to some extent by environment. We studied the effect of nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) fertiliser on the growth and vegetative phase change in Eucalyptus nitens. Whilst neither fertiliser treatment affected tree height at 3.5 years of age, P fertiliser significantly reduced the length of the juvenile vegetative phase. In contrast, N, but not P, has been shown to promote flowering. These findings support the argument that vegetative and reproductive maturity are genetically and physiologically uncoupled in Eucalyptus.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food 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
UTAS Author:Williams, DR (Dr Dean Williams)
UTAS Author:Potts, BM (Professor Brad Potts)
UTAS Author:Smethurst, PJ (Dr Philip Smethurst)
ID Code:29269
Year Published:2004
Web of Science® Times Cited:13
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2004-08-01
Last Modified:2009-07-31

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