relative growth rate
Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Agriculture, Forestry, Horticulture, Fishery, Domestic Science, Nutrition
Summary Growth analyses were carried out on 88 accessions of five Lycopersicon species. Experiments were conducted in a climate room at 19/14° C day/night temperature which was irradiated at 20 W/m2 for eight hours per day. Large differences in plant weights between wild species and the cultivated tomato were observed from 44 to 84 days after sowing. The increase in plant dry weight could be described by a second order polynomial function. When compared at a standardized plant weight of one gram, the relative growth rates (RGR) of the wild and cultivated accessions ranged from 5.3 to 11.8% and 8.5 to 12.2% per day respectively, limiting the use of wild species as sources for strong growth. When expressed at plant weights of one and three g large differences in decrease of the RGR were observed within L. esculentum. The modern hybrid tomato cultivars were among the fastest growing genotypes, with a relatively slow decrease in RGR.
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