An experiment was conducted over 12 months using field-grown olive trees (Olea europaea) to assess the combined effect of soil water availability and fruit number on seasonal changes in leaf nitrogen (N) concentration. Three irrigation regimes were established and three trees per irrigation treatment were thinned to reduce their yield to about half that of unthinned trees. The N concentration of fully-expanded leaves from either the current-year growth or one-year old part of fruiting shoots was determined every two months. Nitrogen concentration was higher in currentyear leaves than in one-year old ones at most sampling dates. Maximum values of leaf N were measured in spring, minimum values in August. Leaf N concentrations were positively correlated with leaf water potential during fruit development. This relationship was weak at the onset of rapid oil accumulation in August and became more evident at harvest. There was no correlation between leaf N and crop level.
|Autori:||GUCCI R; CARUSO G; SEBASTIANI L|
|Titolo:||Seasonal changes in leaf nitrogen of olive trees grown under different irrigation regimes and crop level|
|Anno del prodotto:||2010|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1080/01904167.2010.503833|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|