The effect of reduced branching on yield and water-use of Chickpea (Cicer Arietinum L) in a mediterranean type environment

K.H.M. SIDDIQUE, RH SEDGLEY

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Abstract

An earlier study indicated that seed yield in chickpea was limited by the low harvest index of later-formed basal branches and that eliminating these by restricting branching to no more than two per plant, each with a high harvest index, should result in higher seed yields. This was tested in a dry Mediterranean type environment at Merredin in the south western Australian cereal belt by debranching high density stands of chickpea (70 plants m-2), leaving only the main stem and first basal branch, and comparing them with freely branching controls.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-269
Number of pages19
JournalField Crops Research
Volume12
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1985

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