Effect on water use efficiency and water-saving by controlled root-divided alternative irrigation.

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Year Published: 1998
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Author: Liang, ZongSou ; Kang, ShaoZhong ; Zhang, JianHua ; Gao,JunFeng
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An experiment on controlled roots-divided alternative irrigation (CRAI) in maize showed that controlled 1/2 root region alternative irrigation saved 34.4-36.8% water, reducing biomass by only 6.2-12%, when the lower water retention limit was 55-65%. The difference in leaf area, leaf amount and water content were not significant between 1/2 CRAI and the control. Water use efficiency of 1/2 CRAI was higher than that of 1/2 root-divided continuous irrigation. Dry root weight, root-shoot ratio and basal diameter of stems increased and roots were distributed evenly by alternative irrigation, but 1/2 root divided continuous irrigation did not have such an effect. It was concluded that CRAI is a better system in terms of water conservation.

Pages: 88 - 90
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Volume: 31
Number: 5
Journal: Scientia Agricultura Sinica
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ISSN: 0578-1752

biomass, irrigation systems, leaf area, maize, root shootratio, water conservation, water content, water use efficiency, Zeamays, Zea, Poaceae, Cyperales, monocotyledons, angiosperms,Spermatophyta, plants, eukaryotes, corn, Soil Water Management(Irrigation and Drainage) (JJ800) (Revised June 2002) [formerly SoilWater Management], Plant Water Relations (FF062), Erosion; Soil andWater Conservation (PP400)

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