Threshold Leaf Levels of Zinc that Influence Nut Yield and Vegetative Growth in Pecan

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Author: Darrell Sparks1
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  • 1 Department of Horticulture, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602-7273

The modified Mitscherlich plant growth model was used to quantify the threshold leaf Zn level influencing nut yield and vegetative growth, on an orchard basis, for pecan [Carya illinoinensis (Wangenh.) C. Koch]. Four indices of tree performance, including percentage of trees without deficiency symptoms, vegetative growth, nut yield, and trees without deficiency symptoms plus nut yield, were analyzed with regard to leaf Zn concentration. Data available from published and unpublished sources on any single performance index were combined for mathematical modeling. The threshold value for leaf Zn was determined to be ≈50 μg·g-1 for these tree performance indices. Thus, nut yield and vegetative growth in an orchard will be reduced with a leaf Zn concentration below ≈50 μg·g-1, but will not be affected above this value.

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