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SOLTANI, E et al. Quantifying seed production by volunteer canola (Brassica napus) and Sinapis arvensis. Planta daninha [online]. 2011, vol.29, n.3, pp. 489-497. ISSN 0100-8358. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0100-83582011000300003.
Volunteer canola (Brassica napus) and Sinapis arvensis are well identified weeds of different cropping systems. Quantitative information on regarding seed production by them is limited. Such information is necessary to model dynamics of soil seed banks. The aim of this work was to quantify seed production as a function of the size of those weeds. A wide range of plant size was produced by using a fan seeding system performed at two sowing dates (environments). Plant size varied from 3 to 167 g per plant for canola and from 6 to 104 g per plant for S. arvensis. Seed production ranged from 543 to14,773 seeds per plant for canola, and from 264 to 10,336 seeds per plant for S. arvensis. There was a close relationship between seed production per plant and plant size which was well-described by a power function (y = 130.6x0.94; R2 = 0.93 for canola and y = 28x1.27; R2 = 0.95 for S. arvensis). There was also strong relationships among the number of pods produced in individual plants and the quantity of seeds produced (g per plant) with the size of the plant. The relationships found in this study can be used in dynamic seed bank models of volunteer canola and S. arvensis.
Keywords : weed; plant size; density; planting.