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Horticultura Brasileira

versão impressa ISSN 0102-0536versão On-line ISSN 1806-9991

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BLANCO, Flávio Favaro  e  FOLEGATTI, Marcos Vinícius. A new method for estimating the leaf area index of cucumber and tomato plants. Hortic. Bras. [online]. 2003, vol.21, n.4, pp.666-669. ISSN 0102-0536.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-05362003000400019.

Non-destructive methods of leaf area measurement are useful for small plant populations, such as experiments with potted plants, and allow the measurement of the same plant several times during the growing period. A methodology was developed to estimate the leaf area index (LAI) of cucumber and tomato plants through the evaluation of the leaf area distribution pattern (LADP) of the plants and the relative height of the leaves in the plants. Plant and leaf height, as well as the length and width of all leaves were measured and the area of some leaves was determined by a digital area meter. The obtained regression equations were used to estimate the leaf area for all relative heights along the plant. The LADP adjusted to a quadratic model for both crops and LAI were estimated by measuring the length and width of the leaves located at the relative heights representing the mean leaf area of the plants. The LAI estimations presented high precision and accuracy when the proposed methodology was used resulting in time and effort savings and being useful for both crops.

Palavras-chave : Cucumis sativus L.; esculentum Mill.; greenhouse; leaf area index.

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