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AGUIAR NETTO, A.O.; RODRIGUES, J. D.; BASTOS, E. A. and ONO, E. O.. Growth of pea plants (Pisum sativum L.) subjected to different soil water potentials: physiological indexes. Sci. agric. (Piracicaba, Braz.) [online]. 1995, vol.52, n.3, pp.521-527. ISSN 0103-9016. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-90161995000300018.
Peas are cultivated in the central region of Brazil, during the dry winter, demanding for the complete success the use of irrigation. Therefore, the present work has the aim of evaluating soil water potential effects on the indexes of physiological growth analysis of peas (Pisum sativum L.). The experiment was carried out in a greenhouse using soils of clayey texture, in a fully randomized design, with four treatments, based on minimum soil water potentials (-33, -100, -200 and -1500 kPa) in three replicates, each one containing two pea plants Caprice cultivar. The results obtained indicate that the reduction of soil water potential induced the decrease of leaf area, but did not interfer on the behaviour of leaf weight ratio, leaf area ratio, net assimilation rate and relative growth rate.
Keywords : peas; soil water potential; growth analysis.