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An Evaluation of Growth Characteristics of Faba Bean Cultivars

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Shabbir, A., Widderick, M. and Walsh, M. J. (2021) An Evaluation of Growth Characteristics of Faba Bean Cultivars. Agronomy, 11 (6), 1166. ISSN 2073-4395


Article Link: https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy11061166


Resistance to herbicides and the lack of new herbicide options have led researchers to explore alternate methods to manage weed populations in large-scale cropping systems. Crop competition is an effective weed management approach that can reduce the pressure on herbicides. Faba bean (Vicia faba L.) is an important winter legume crop in Australia. Crop traits such as, height, biomass, growth rate, tillering capacity, leaf area, and root growth have been suggested as indicators of the competitive ability of crops against weeds. Based on pot studies at Narrabri and Toowoomba, we assessed the growth traits (biomass, height, leaf area, relative growth rate, and branch number) of six faba bean cultivars and ranked them for their potential ability to compete with weeds. PBA Marne and PBA Zahra were identified as highly competitive faba bean cultivars based on their higher overall ranking score achieved at both locations. PBA Nasma and PBA Samira were ranked highly and moderately competitive at Narrabri and Toowoomba sites, respectively. At Narrabri, PBA Nanu was ranked poorly competitive based on its lower biomass, height, and leaf area than the other cultivars. The weed suppressive ability of these cultivars needs to be assessed in the presence of weeds under field conditions.

Item Type:Article
Business groups:Crop and Food Science
Keywords:crop competition weed-suppressive ability faba beans Vicia faba var. major
Subjects:Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Methods and systems of culture. Cropping systems
Plant culture > Food crops
Plant culture > Field crops
Plant pests and diseases > Weeds, parasitic plants etc
Live Archive:13 Jun 2021 22:30
Last Modified:03 Sep 2021 16:46

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