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Response of varjão (Parkia multijuga) seedlings to reduced glyphosate rates

O.M. Yamashita R.G. Vieira A. Santi R.M. Rondon Neto S.E. Alberguini About the authors

Wood consumption has significantly increased in Brazil and worldwide.The environmental pressure to preserve native forest led to the need to establish reforestation areas to meet the increasing wood demand by applying cultural practices and management allowing a total growth of forest trees. One of the main problems in reforestation management is weed competition after seedling planting, with herbicide use being the main form of management. The objective of this work was to evaluate the phytotoxic effect of increasing rates of glyphosate on Varjão seedlings, under greenhouse conditions. Concentrations of 90, 180, 360 and 720 g ha-1 of glyphosate were evaluated in four-month-old plants by observing plant toxicity, plant height, stem diameter, and leaf number. A control was also used without herbicide application to compare the effects. Under the conditions of this experiment, Varjão presented tolerance to and ability to recover from glyphosate up to the rate of 360 g ha-1. Higher rates delayed plant development. The damage caused by glyphosate drift in these plants was directly proportional to rate increase. The symptoms included leaf fall, compromising plant growth.

herbicide; forest; reduced rate; phytotoxicity

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