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Title: Strategies to understand and enhance resource allocation in Arabidopsis and Brassica
Author: Bennett, Emma Jane
Awarding Body: University of Reading
Current Institution: University of Reading
Date of Award: 2013
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The relationship between food security and sustainable land use is considered to be of the uttermost importance to increase yields without having to increase the agricultural land area Over which crops are grown. In the present study nitrogen concentration (25 and 85 kg/hal and planting density (6.7, 10 and 25 plants/m') were investigated for their effect on the plant Physiology and seed yield of kale (Brassica aleracea), to determine if the fruit (pod) yield could be manipulated agronomically. Nitrogen did not significantly affect seed yield and it is therefore recommended that the lower concentration be used commercially. Conversely Planting density did have a significant effect with increases in seed yield observed at the highest planting density of 25 plants/m', therefore this high planting density would be recommended commercially to maximise area efficiency, highlighting that simple agronomic changes are capable of increasing crop yields over a set area.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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