Effect of water stress on the physiology, growth, and morphology of three pearl millet genotypes
AuthorOsman, Mohammed A.
Committee ChairDobrenz, Albert K.
Hofmann, Wallace G.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractA pearl millet hybrid (Pennisetum americanum (L.) Leeke) and its two parents were evaluated for their photosynthetic rates, diffusive resistance, canopy temperature, transpiration rates, stomatal aperture and frequency, and growth responses to various irrigation levels. The experiments were conducted on Brazito sandy loam soil at The University of Arizona Campus Agricultural Center, Tucson, AZ in 1985 and 1986. A sprinkler was used to create water treatments. Photosynthetic rates were not significantly different among genotypes at each water level. Transpiration rate, diffusive resistance, canopy minus ambient temperature, and photosynthetic rate were all significantly related to water treatments with correlation coefficients .ranging from 0.91 to 0.98. Under water stress, the female transpired more, exhibited lower diffusive resistance and had a cooler canopy compared to the hybrid and male parent. Based on these characteristics, the female seemed to expend more energy on heat dissipation than yield improvement. Water stress reduced stomatal aperture but increased stomata! frequency. The hybrid had significantly higher stomatal frequency at all water levels and smaller aperture between 63 and 125 mm irrigation levels. Dry matter, leaf area, leaf area index, and plant height were also reduced by water stress. In general, the hybrid and the male parent produced significantly more dry matter and were significantly taller than the female. The female parent had significantly higher leaf area and leaf area index late in 1986. Grain yield was reduced by water stress. Both years, the female grown under optimum moisture conditions had approximately half the grain yield as compared to the male and the hybrid. The major components contributing to the higher grain yield of the hybrid and male were larger panicles and more productive tillers.
Degree NamePh. D.
Degree ProgramPlant Sciences