Pesquisa Agropecuária Brasileira
Print version ISSN 0100-204X
POZZA, Adélia Aziz Alexandre et al. Influence of the mineral nutrition on intensity of brown-eye spot in young coffee plants. Pesq. agropec. bras. [online]. 2001, vol.36, n.1, pp. 53-60. ISSN 0100-204X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0100-204X2001000100007.
The experiment was carried out at the coffee nursery of the Universide Federal de Viçosa, in Viçosa, MG, Brazil, using nutrient circulating solution to evaluate the intensity of brown-eye spot (Cercospora coffeicola), variety Catuaí Vermelho, as a function of N and K. Acompletely randomized design with 16 treatments, three replicates, and two plants per plot was used in a factorial with four levels of K (3, 5, 7 and 9mmol/L) combined with four levels of N (3, 7, 11 and 15mmol/L). After seven inoculations and evaluations, the plants were picked. Total dry matter production, total leaf area, and the area below the curve of progress (AACP) for the total number of leaves were not influenced by the levels of K, but increased with increasing levels of N. There was increase in AACP areas for the number of lesions per leaf and defoliation, with the increase of K levels, and a reduction of N levels. The increase in K levels reduced the Ca and Cu leaf contents, indicating possible relation between its contents and the increase of the disease. The P, Mg, Mn, and Fe leaf contents were not influenced by the K levels, and had a small reduction with increased N contents in the nutrient solution, increasing thereafter.
Keywords : Coffea arabica; plant nutrition; mineral nutrients; Cercospora coffeicola; plant diseases.