Effects of nursery irrigation on postplanting root dynamics of Lotus creticus in semiarid field conditions

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  • Volumen: 37
  • Número: 3
  • Fecha: 01 enero 2002
  • Páginas: 525-528
  • ISSN: 00185345
  • Tipo de fuente: Revista
  • Tipo de documento: Artículo
The influence of two irrigation treatments during nursery production on the post-transplant development of Lotus creticus subsp. cytisoides was studied. The treatments lasted 96 days and consisted of irrigating 2 days/week with a total of 2.3 L of water per plant over the whole nursery period (T-2) or irrigating six days per week with a total of 7 L of water per plant (T-6). T-2 plants had greater root length: shoot length ratio and higher percentage of brown roots, an indicator of more resistance to post-transplant stress. Minirhizotrons revealed more active root growth in the surface soil of the T-2 plants, although the plants of both treatments rapidly colonized the whole soil depth studied (0-160 cm deep). T-2 plants had greater stem length growth per unit of soil area covered.

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