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Effects of Low Irradiance on Growth, Water Uptake and Yield of Tomatoes Grown by the Nutrient Film Technique

Mohd Razi Ismail and Zainab Ali

Pertanika Journal of Tropical Agricultural Science, Volume 17, Issue 2, August 1994

Keywords: low irradiance, growth, water uptake, yield, tomatoes, Nutrient Film Technique

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A study was carried out on the effects of irradiance on growth and development of tomatoes grown using the Nutrient Film Technique (NFT). Plants were exposed to mean daily irradiance levels of 14.7, 8.5, 3.3 and 0.87 MJ m2day1 achieved by using different levels of shade. High irradiance (14.7 and 8.5 MJ m2day1) increased leaf area and dry weight, root and stem dry weight compared to the plants grown under lower irradiance. Plants under shade were up to 5°C cooler than those under high irradiance. Plant water uptake and leaf nutrient concentrations in the leaves were generally lower in shaded plants than those in full sun. The highest fruit production was obtained with an irradiance of 14. 7 MJ m2day1. Plants grown under 3.3 and 0.87 MJ m2day1 failed to fruit.

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