A longitudinal study of sweet orange flowering with grouped count data

Idemauro Antonio Rodrigues de Lara Cesar Augusto Taconeli Rafael de Andrade Moral John Hinde Vanessa Voigt Sílvia Maria de Freitas About the authors


The orange variety “x11”, which is a spontaneous mutant of the sweet orange, has a short juvenile period with early flowering. The data used in this paper are from a randomized design experiment that aimed to assess the plants' flowering characteristics when grafted onto two different varieties of lemon rootstock. The plants were pruned in each of the four seasons, and on each pruning occasion, the number of branches on each plant was counted and classified into four mutually exclusive flowering categories. The data presented large variability and many zeros. The statistical analysis included the use of generalized linear mixed models with a Bayesian approach. The results showed that flowering is not equal over the seasons, i.e., there are significant differences in the classification of the branches across the four seasons and the two varieties, with interactions between seasonal and branch effects.

Citrus; discrete data; mixed model; Bayesian analysis

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