Effect of soil moisture on accumulation and distribution of dry matter in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.)

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Effect of soil moisture on accumulation and distribution of dry matter in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.)

Lipika Ghosh, M. Anisuzzaman, M. Zahangir Alam, Rafiul Islam
Int. J. Biosci.3( 5), 135-141, May 2013.
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A field experiment was conducted to study the effect of two soil moisture regimes on the accumulation and distribution of dry matter in three cultivars of barley viz, IBON/47, BB-I and KARAN-163. The two soil moisture regimes were irrigated and rainfed control. Soil moisture treatment, cultivar and growth stage had significant effect on leaf, stem panicle and total plant dry weights, except cultivar effect on total plant dry weight. Except a few cases, dry matter accumulation gradually increased with the increasing plant age in both conditions. Distribution of dry matter was significantly greater in stem and pod in the irrigated plants than, in the rainfed plants at most of the stages while that of leaves was greater in the rainfed plants at some of the stages of growth. Among the three cultivars, highest amount of dry matter was found in KARAN- 163. With the advance of plant age, the distribution of dry matter increased in the stem and decreased in the leaf.


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