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Effect of Nitrogen Fertilization on the Physiological Aspects of Two Improved Taro Cultivars (Colocasia esculenta (L.) Schott in Samoa

Fa’amatuainu, Walter and Amosa, Falaniko (2016) Effect of Nitrogen Fertilization on the Physiological Aspects of Two Improved Taro Cultivars (Colocasia esculenta (L.) Schott in Samoa. American-Eurasian Journal of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, 16 (8). pp. 1462-1466. ISSN 1818-6769

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    Abstract

    A split-split-plots experiment in a randomized complete block design with three replications was setup to determine the impact of nitrogen fertilization on the physiological aspects (height, leaf area index (LAI), number of leaves and number of suckers) of two improved taro cultivars (Samoa 1 and Samoa 2). Each replicate contain two main plots (cultivars) which were split to accommodate three nitrogen rates (0, 100, 200 kg ha ). 1 These were further split to have five sampling dates (35, 70, 105, 140, 175 days after planting (DAP)). The data collected from the experiment were analysed using the GenStat statistical software. The LAI, plant height, number of leaves and suckers of Samoa 1 and Samoa 2 were increased during the early growth stages until 105 and 140 DAP before declining at 175 DAP. The difference in plant height, LAI, number of leaves and suckers were highly significant (P<0.001) between the two cultivars during the five harvest dates (DAP). The difference in plant height between the two cultivars was also significant (P = 0.04) as result of nitrogen fertilization. Moreover, the difference in LAI between the two cultivars was significant (P = 0.003) as well. The results had shown that there were significant differences between the two cultivars with regards to their physiological aspects.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
    Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > Institute for Research, Extension and Training in Agriculture
    Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > School of Agriculture and Food Technology
    Depositing User: Fulori Nainoca
    Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2016 14:08
    Last Modified: 08 Oct 2016 14:08
    URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/9381
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