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Leaf area and aboveground biomass estimates in peach palm using allometric relationships

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Adriana Ramos ; Marilene Leão Alves Bovi ; Marcos Vinícius Folegatti ; Adriano Valentim Diotto
Total Authors: 4
Document type: Journal article
Source: Horticultura Brasileira; v. 26, n. 2, p. 138-143, Jun. 2008.

Allometric relations for estimation of leaf area and biomass in peach palm (Bactris gasipaes Kunth) are found in literature and are very useful especially in plant physiology research. However, leaf and biomass area parameters are quite variable as a function of genetics and environment. The objective of this work was to identify the most adjustable equations for peach palm leaf area and biomass area, in restricted by hydric and thermic factors. 14 peach palms (Putumayo landrace from Yurimaguas, Peru) were planted in 2 x 1 m spacing. The parameters measured in the field were: main stem height, main stem diameter, leaf number and rachis length and thickness. Fresh and dry mass of rachis, leaflets, palm heart and stem were obtained. Plants selected for this study presented main stem height varying from 0.37 to 2.00 m, with two plants by length. In the laboratory were measured the leaf area and dry matter weight. Equations were fitted using regression analysis. The equation for peach palm leaf area was obtained by regression of leaflets dry weight. Among the tested models, non linear equations of the type Y= ax b and Y= a bx presented better fit (R²>0.88). The values of leaf area, leaf biomass and total leaf biomass varied between 0,84 - 14,06 m², 0,78 2,45 kg planta-1 and 0,14 a 4,44 kg planta-1. Among the parameters studied, plant height and rachis thickness were the most suitable for best indirect estimation of leaf area and aboveground biomass in peach palm plants. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 98/13229-4 - Vegetative development and production of palm peach (Bactris gasipaes Kunth) under different levels of irrigation and N fertilizer
Grantee:Adriana Ramos
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate