BIOMASS PRODUCTION, B ACUMULATION AND Ca/B RATIO IN Eucalyptus UNDER VARIOUS CONDITIONS OF WATER AVAILABILITY AND B DOSES

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Sílvio Júnio Ramos Valdemar Faquin Fabrício William Ávila Rose Myrian Alves Ferreira Josinaldo Lopes Araújo

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Soils destined for forest crops are often limiting with respect to boron (B) and in several eucalyptus crops boron deficiency has been found to be a common occurrence. The objective of this study is to evaluate biomass production, B accumulation and Ca/B ratio in eucalyptus cultivated under different conditions of soil, water availability and doses of B. To that end, an experiment was conducted using a completely randomized design with a 5 x 2 x 2 factorial arrangement consisting of five doses of B (0.00, 0.25, 0.75, 2.25 and 6.25 mg kg-1), two types of soil, namely a Dark Red Latosol (LE) and a Red-Yellow Latosol (LV), and two water tension levels (-0.033 and -0.010 MPa), with four replicates. After plants were grown, determinations were made of Ca and B contents as well as Ca/B ratios in different portions of the plants. Accumulation of B was obtained from the ratio of its contents to dry biomass in each plant portion. It was found that, under natural conditions, both Dark Red Latosol and Red-Yellow Latosol fail to meet the nutritional requirements for B in eucalyptus, potentially being limiting to that species. Overall, soil moisture influenced dry biomass production and accumulation of B only in the case of the more sandy texture soil (Red-Yellow Latosol), denoting that this factor is conditional on soil texture. Ca/B ratio results showed that application of B to the soil without a suitable supply of Ca can lead to an imbalance between these nutrients, with possible implications for plant growth and nutrition

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RAMOS, Sílvio Júnio et al. BIOMASS PRODUCTION, B ACUMULATION AND Ca/B RATIO IN Eucalyptus UNDER VARIOUS CONDITIONS OF WATER AVAILABILITY AND B DOSES. CERNE, [S.l.], v. 19, n. 2, p. 289-295, apr. 2016. ISSN 2317-6342. Available at: <http://cerne.ufla.br/site/index.php/CERNE/article/view/903>. Date accessed: 21 sep. 2019.
Keywords
Micronutrient, synergism, water tension.
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