Vegetative physiology of cotton as related to the Crop Water Stress Index
AuthorAlou, Abdourahamane, 1959-
AdvisorHofmann, Wallace C.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThis study was undertaken to investigate Gossypium hirsutum L. reproductive physiology and metabolic activities as they relate to the Crop Water Stress Index. Five treatments were established based on the CWSI. These were the maximum stress levels allowed for each treatment. The indices investigated were .16, .35, .36, .40, and .62. Daily tagging of opened flowers in each treatment was conducted throughout the season. Diffusive resistance, transpiration, apparent photosynthesis, and yield were measured. There was no significant difference in treatment yield. Plants irrigated at stress level either below .30 or above .40, tended to yield relatively low compared to plants maintained between .30 and .40. Floral production, abscission and boll retention were negatively correlated to CWSI. Negative relationships were also found between apparent photosynthesis, transpiration, leaf area and CWSI. A two day lag response was observed between a decrease in CWSI values resulting from irrigation, and daily flowering increase.
Degree ProgramGraduate College