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Genetic variation in specific root length in Scandinavian wheat and barley accessions

Løes, Anne-Kristin and Gahoonia, Tara Singh (2004) Genetic variation in specific root length in Scandinavian wheat and barley accessions. Euphytica, 137, pp. 243-249.

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Specific root length (SRL, m root g-1 root dry matter) was studied in a broad selection of old and presently grown accessions of spring wheat and barley from Norway and Sweden, at sub-optimal phosphorus conditions in nutrient solution and soil. The results indicated that genotype did not have a significant effect on SRL. A close relationship between root length (RL) and root weight (RW) was found, and more than 70% of the variation in root lengths was explained by root weights of representative and homogenous root samples. In nutrient solution, the relationship between RL and RW was described by the regression equations RL = 0.32RW – 0.19 (R2 = 0.74) for wheat and RL = 0.20RW + 0.73 (R2 = 0.56) for barley. In the soil experiment, the relationships between RL and RW were described by the equations RL = 0.16RW + 0.50 (R2 = 0.77) for wheat and RL = 0.15RW + 0.95 (R2 = 0.67) for barley. Hence, in screenings of a large number of cereal genotypes, the root length (y-axis) may be estimated with good accuracy by records of root weight (x-axis) and an appropriate regression equation.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:Root length, cereals, roots, root fineness, specific root length, genotypic variation
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Breeding, genetics and propagation
Research affiliation: Norway > NORSØK - Norwegian Centre for Organic Agriculture
Denmark > KU - University of Copenhagen > KU-LIFE - Faculty of Life Sciences
Deposited By: Løes, Anne-Kristin
ID Code:5601
Deposited On:09 Nov 2005
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:31
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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