Growth of Vernalized and Nonvernalized Creeping Foxtail1
- C. B. Rumburg and
- E. G. Siemer2
Herbage dry matter (HDM) accumulation Gom artificially vernalized (V) plants of ‘Garrison’ creeping foxtail (Alopecurus arundinacea Poir.) was greater than nonvernalized (NV) plants during 46 days in a growth chamber at 27/4 C (day/night). Ratio of reproductive to total shoots was 0.075 with V and 0.004 with NV. Stems and sheaths contributed about 50 and 28% of final HDM of V and NV, respectively. Shoot number was similar between V and NV at the start, but new shoots of NV developed at nearly three times the rate of V. This difference, though, was offset by a slightly increased leaf weight and nearly doubled sheath and stem weight of V over NV. Leaves/shoot were 2.0 and 1.5 on day 6 for V and NV, respectively. The V treatment retained about 0.5 leaf per shoot advantage until day 46 when the values for both were about 3.4 leaves/shoot. Mean relative growth rates (RGR) derived from quadratic functions of HDM over time for V and NV were not significantly different. However RGR of V was slightly higher than NV during the period from 6 to 13 days while RGR values from 13 to 46 days were similar for both treatments.Please view the pdf by using the Full Text (PDF) link under 'View' to the left.
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