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Covering winter oilseed rape (Brassica napus cv. Eureka) increases yield on a low boron soil

Ye, Z.Q., Bell, R.W.ORCID: 0000-0002-7756-3755, Huang, L., Yang, Y. and Dell, B. (1997) Covering winter oilseed rape (Brassica napus cv. Eureka) increases yield on a low boron soil. In: Bell, R.W. and Rerkasem, B., (eds.) Boron in soils and plants : proceedings of the International Symposium on Boron in Soils and Plants held at Chiang Mai, Thailand, 7-11 September 1997. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, pp. 29-34.


Winter oilseed rape (Brassica napus L.) is a major crop in the middle and lower Yangtse river basin, China, where boron (B) deficient soils are widespread. Appearance of B deficiency in oilseed rape often coincides with cold weather during its winter growth. To understand effects of cold weather on plant response to low soil B, a field experiment with oilseed rape cv. Zheyouyou 2 grown in a red soil with low B availability was conducted in Zhejiang province, China. Canopy covers made from transparent plastic sheets were used only at night to modify the microclimate during the early reproductive growth between pre-exposure of flower buds and green bud stage. Canopy treatment (T) increased the minimum air temperature inside the cover by up to 1.5°C when the minimum air temperature in the open was below O°C in early February. Covering plants for 15 days in early February strongly increased shoot dry weight at all levels of B supply. That covering plants increased shoot dry weight of B deficient plants without increasing their leaf B concentration suggests that internal B requirements were decreased. However, because later plant responses at maturity gave contradictory responses, it was concluded that further study of low temperature X B interactions need to be done in controlled environments.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Biological and Environmental Sciences
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers
Copyright: © 1997 Kluwer Academic Publishers
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