Response of Mitchell grasses (Astrebla F. Muell.) to photoperiod and temperature
Australian Journal of Agricultural Research
21(3) 395 - 405
Controlled environment experiments were carried out to determine the effect of temperature and photoperiod on Astrebla pectinata, A. lappacea, A. elymoides, and A. squarrosa. Photoperiod had little effect on growth and development of tillers and on floral initiation, but did affect numbers of emergent inflorescences. Usually, inflorescence production increased with decreasing photoperiod. Temperature had significant effects on all parameters measured (number of main tillers and emergent inflorescences, elongation of main tillers, and number of leaves and axillary tillers per main tiller). Growth per tiller and leaf production increased with temperature (up to 30/25¦C) but for tiller numbers the optimum was about 28/23¦, Geographically separated strains of A. pectinata generally exhibited similar responses to photoperiod and temperature while different species from the same location differed in their response.
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