Revista Brasileira de Ciência do Solo
Print version ISSN 0100-0683
DIAS, Jairo Rafael Machado et al. DRIS formulas for evaluation of nutritional status of cupuaçu trees. Rev. Bras. Ciênc. Solo [online]. 2011, vol.35, n.6, pp. 2083-2091. ISSN 0100-0683. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0100-06832011000600023.
DRIS, an Diagnosis and Recommendation Integrated System, is a tool to evaluate the nutritional status of plants. Different DRIS formulas have been proposed to improve the efficiency of the crop nutrition diagnoses. The objective of this study was to compare the nutritional diagnosis of the formulas of Beaufils (1973), of Jones (1981) and of Elwali and Gascho (1984), based on the degree of agreement in commercial orchards of Theobrama grandiflorum trees. Leaf samples of 5 to 18 year-old cupuaçu trees were collected from 153 commercial orchards in agroforestry and monoculture systems in the state of Rondonia, Brazil. Bivariate relationships between nutrition concentrations in healthy trees were used to calculate DRIS norms. DRIS indices were calculated based on the different formulas and interpreted by the Potential Fertilizer Response method, in five categories. The DRIS norms, DRIS index calculations and their interpretations were developed using the DRIS Cupuaçu computer program (www.dris.com.br). The different DRIS formulas resulted in similar diagnoses with a degree of agreement of > 90% for the nutrients N, P, K, Ca, and Mg.
Keywords : Theobroma grandiflorum; foliar diagnosis; fruit; nutritional status.