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Leaf analysis interpretation in relation to optimum yield of Khasi manda-rin (Citrus reticulata Blanco)

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A. K. Srivastava ,

National Research Centre for Citrus, Amravati Road, Nagpur 440 010, Maharashtra, IN
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Pauline Alila

Nagaland University, Medziphema, 797 671, Nagaland, IN
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Department of Horticulture, School of Agricultural Sciences and Rural Development
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Abstract

Cultivar-based nutrient diagnostics are widely used for identifying nutrient deficien-cies in commercial citrus orchards. But, the precision of diagnosis is limited by the in-terpretation tools used in establishing the diagnostic limits. Two commonly used inter-pretation tools, MQRA and DRIS were tested for their diagnosis, and found to predict different optimum limits. DRIS-based analysis showed optimum values as: 2.52-2.61% N, 0.04-0.05% P, 1.63-1.82% K, 1.32-1.48% Ca, 0.10-0.18% Mg, 214-308 mg/kg Fe, 92-110 mg/kg Mn, 9-12 mg/kg Cu and 9-12 ppm Zn in relation to fruit yield of 9-11 tons/ha/year, while MQRA established the optimum values as : 2.28% N, 0.06% P, 1.68% K, 1.28% Ca, 0.13% Mg, 252 mg/kg Fe, 84 mg/kg Mn, 5 mg/kg Cu, and 10 mg/kg Zn for optimum fruit yield of 7 tons/ha/year. Due to diagnostic values varying in their op-timum limits, two statistical models diagnosed contrasting nutritional problems. These observations suggest that two different sets of nutritional problems could be diagnosed if the same set of leaf analysis data is subjected to different interpretation tools. How-ever, DRIS values were further observed much nearer to high performance orchards compared to MQRA. All the orchard sites were diagnosed with the multiple deficien-cies of nutrients like Zn > P > Ca > Mg > N > Cu in decreasing order.
How to Cite: Srivastava, A.K. and Alila, P., 2009. Leaf analysis interpretation in relation to optimum yield of Khasi manda-rin (Citrus reticulata Blanco). Tropical Agricultural Research and Extension, 9, pp.8–16. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/tare.v9i0.5401
Published on 30 Dec 2009.
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