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Effect of water stress on flowering and yield of 'Kensington Pride' mango (Mangifera indica L)

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Bally, I. S.E., Harris, M. and Whiley, A. W. (2000) Effect of water stress on flowering and yield of 'Kensington Pride' mango (Mangifera indica L). Acta Horticulturae, 509 . pp. 277-281. ISSN 05677572 (ISSN); 9789066058620 (ISBN)

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Article Link(s): https://doi.org/10.17660/actahortic.2000.509.30

Abstract

It is generally agreed that a period of quiescence reinforced by low winter temperatures (mean < 16°C) is a prerequisite for floral induction in mango. In tropical climates, mean daily temperatures seldom fall below 16°C. This paper reports on the effect of water stress imposed after summer growth, on flowering and yield of mango in the dry-tropic of Australia. Three irrigation treatments were imposed on 15-year-old 'Kensington' mango trees: 1) irrigation throughout the year, 2) irrigation withheld from maturation of the first vegetative flush following harvest until 90% of buds were anatomically floral, and 3) irrigation withheld from maturation of the first vegetative flush following harvest until 70% of inflorescences had emerged. Withholding irrigation significantly increased the number of terminals that flowered by 20.5%. Tree yields were increased by 17% through withholding irrigation in two of three years.

Item Type:Article
Business groups:Horticulture and Forestry Science
Keywords:Deficit irrigation Mango Stomatal conductance
Subjects:Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agricultural meteorology. Crops and climate
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Methods and systems of culture. Cropping systems
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Improvement, reclamation, fertilisation, irrigation etc., of lands (Melioration)
Plant culture > Food crops
Plant culture > Fruit and fruit culture
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Last Modified:19 Dec 2022 04:33

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