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- Author or Editor: J. G. Hapitan Jr. x
Respiration is of primary importance to the plant since it liberates energy to do chemical work in synthesizing energy-rich materials involved in growth. Although the respiratory rate of many plant tissues and organs have been studied (1), no data on respiratory rate of blueberry leaves was found in a search of the literature. It is felt that data on the respiratory rate of highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum L.) would be of value since it will provide basic information for comparison with other genera.
One spray application of 5000 ppm succinic acid 2, 2-dimethyl hydrazide (Alar) on July 18 or August 22, or 2 spray applications, one on July 18 and another on August 22, significantly retarded new shoot elongation of ‘Collins’ and ‘Bluecrop’ highbush blueberries. The number of flower buds per unit length of new growth was increased. Blossom opening and ripening of the berries was delayed, but fruit size was not appreciably affected. All responses of the 2 cultivars to treatments were more pronounced when they received the 2 spray applications.