Tree Growth Inhibition by Bark Applications of Morphactins1

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R. A. BackhausDepartment of Environmental Horticulture, University of California, Davis, CA 95616

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R. M. SachsDepartment of Environmental Horticulture, University of California, Davis, CA 95616

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H. Z. HieldDepartment of Plant Sciences, University of California, Riverside, CA 92502

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Abstract

Morphactins, mixed with non-phytotoxic paraffinic, low molecular weight oil, were applied as bark bands and tested for growth inhibition of trees growing under field conditions. Three species were tested: Monterey pine (Pinus radiata D. Don.), olive (Olea europaea L. cv. Manzanillo) and eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus Labill). Shoot elongation was inhibited in all three species, but sensitivity to the treatment varied.

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Received for publication March 26, 1976.

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