The ideal cassava plant for maximum yield
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COCK, J.H.; FRANKLIN, D.; Sandoval, G.; JURI, P. 1979. The ideal cassava plant for maximum yield. Crop Science (USA). 19:271-279.
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A series of trials were carried out using cassava. Crop growth rate increased with leaf area up to LAI 4; root growth rate increased up to LAI 3-3.5, then declined. LAI is determined by leaf size, leaf formation rate and individual leaf life. Leaf size reached a max 4 mo after planting and then decreased; the max was a varietal character. Leaf life was reduced by shading but in full daylight was determined by the var. Leaf formation rate/shoot apex showed little genetic vafiation and declined with time; large differences in leaf formation rate/plant were determined by differences in branching pattern. Top growth had preference over root growth, and root sink was not limiting when root no./plant was equal to or greater than 9. A computer program was written to implement a dynamic growth model, which suggests that high-yielding plants will branch late in life and possess large leaves and long leaf life. Potential yields of greater than 25 t/ha/yr dry roots are obtainable at 400-500 g cal (cm)-2 day radiation. (AS)
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