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Huai-Fu Fan, Wen Chen, Zhou Yu, and Chang-Xia Du

105 °C for 15 min, dried at 75 °C for 72 h, and the dry weight was measured. The relative growth rate was defined as the parameter RGR in the equation ( Hunt, 1990 ): , where W1 and W2 are the whole plant fresh weights at times t1 (at 0 h of the

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Augusto Ramírez-Godoy, María del Pilar Vera-Hoyos, Natalia Jiménez-Beltrán, and Hermann Restrepo-Diaz

applications of synthetic elicitors on stomatal conductance ( g S ), leaf temperature, chlorophyll content, and PSII efficiency in Tahiti lime trees. Fig. 3. Effect of foliar applications of synthetic elicitors on the relative growth rate in flush shoots of

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Neil Mattson and Heiner Lieth

85% relative humidity. Average daily temperature was 22.7 °C (day temperature 24 °C, night temperature 20 °C). The relative growth rate [RGR (g·g −1 ·d −1 )] of plants and roots (estimated as root volume) during the 20-d deprivation period was

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The fruit growth of three peach (Prunus persica (L.) Batsch cvs. `Spring Lady', `Flamecrest', `Cal Red') and two apple cultivars (Malus domestica Borkh. cvs. `Cox Orange', `Golden Delicious') was measured weekly during the 1988 growing period. Seasonal patterns of fruit relative growth rate calculated on a dry weight basis were very similar for both species. Changes in nonstructural carbohydrate composition of peach mesocarp and apple pericarp were correlated with the two physiological phases of sink-activity of the relative growth rates Changes in sucrose concentrations seemed to coincide with increasing dry matter accumulation for both species, even though fructose was a dominant sugar in apples.

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Giuseppe Cimò, Riccardo Lo Bianco, Pedro Gonzalez, Wije Bandaranayake, Edgardo Etxeberria, and James P. Syvertsen

experiment, 32 d later. Stem relative growth rate (RGR) was calculated using the difference between total stem length at the beginning and the end of the experiment divided by the number of elapsed days between the two measurements (cm·m −1 ·d −1 ). Girdling

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Dan Drost, Taunya Ernst, and Brent Black

the production cycle compared with the open control. However, as the trial progressed, differences in RGR between the cover treatments were not detected. Fig. 2. Relative growth rates (g·g −1 ·d −1 ) for Fall 2010 and 2011 (Panels A and B ) and

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Bryan J. Peterson and William R. Graves

the RGR of the western and eastern Sambucus by 42% and 28%, respectively. Fig. 1. Relative growth rate of seedlings of Sambucus and Ptelea grown for 35 and 38 d, respectively, under six conditions of root-zone moisture. Each circle represents the

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Thomas E. Marler and Yasmina Zozor

Growth and leaf gas-exchange responses of carambola (Averrhoa carambola L.) seedlings to wind or seismic stress were studied under glasshouse conditions. Forty days of twice daily seismic stress applied for 10 seconds consistently reduced carambola height, leaf area, dry weight, relative growth rate, and leaf-area ratio, but increased trunk cross-sectional area compared with plants receiving no seismic stress. Fifty-one days of wind load reduced plant height, leaf area, dry weight, trunk cross-sectional area, net assimilation rate, relative growth rate, leaf-area ratio, and stomatal conductance compared with plants receiving no wind stress. Morphological appearance was similar for plants receiving wind or seismic stress. Net CO2 assimilation of carambola leaflets was reduced by 30 minutes of wind load for up to 6 hours following the stress. Results suggest that wind may reduce carambola growth at least partially by influencing leaf gas exchange or by the mechanical stress associated with wind.

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Maynard E. Bates

A simple plant growth model has been developed based on the analysis of growth curves of lettuce and spinach in numerous controlled environment experiments. The model incorporates elements for genetic potential, plant spacing, photosynthetic photon flux, photoperiod, environment, and morphology. Predicted parameters are relative growth rate, mean plant weight, and plant growth efficiency. Prediction may be on an hourly or daily basis. Examples drawn from data on various species and cultivars will be presented.

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Dana L. Baumann, Beth Ann Workmaster, and Kevin R. Kosola

Wisconsin cranberry growers report that fruit production by the cranberry cultivar `Ben Lear' (Vaccinium macrocarpon Ait.) is low in beds with poor drainage, while the cultivar `Stevens' is less sensitive to these conditions. We hypothesized that `Ben Lear' and `Stevens' would differ in their root growth and mortality response to variation in soil water potential. Rooted cuttings of each cultivar were grown in a green-house in sand-filled pots with three different soil water potentials which were regulated by a hanging water column below a fritted ceramic plate. A minirhizotron camera was used to record root growth and mortality weekly for five weeks. Root mortality was negligible (2% to 6%). Whole plant relative growth rates were greatest for both cultivars under the wettest conditions. Rooting depth was shallowest under the wettest conditions. Whole-plant relative growth rates of `Ben Lear' were higher than `Stevens' at all soil water potentials. `Stevens' plants had significantly higher root to shoot ratios and lower leaf area ratios than `Ben Lear' plants, and produced more total root length than `Ben Lear' at all soil water potentials. Shallow rooting, high leaf area ratio, and low allocation to root production by `Ben Lear' plants may lead to greater susceptibility to drought stress than `Stevens' plants in poorly drained cranberry beds.