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dc.contributorLiguori, Giorgiaen_US
dc.contributorInglese, Paoloen_US
dc.contributorLouhaichi, Mouniren_US
dc.contributorSortino, Giuseppeen_US
dc.creatorHassan, Sawsanen_US
dc.date2020-04-21en_US
dc.date.accessioned2020-10-02T09:18:00Z
dc.date.available2020-10-02T09:18:00Z
dc.identifierhttps://mel.cgiar.org/reporting/download/hash/cec028d694937adf13fee32e92388f0aen_US
dc.identifier.citationSawsan Hassan, Giorgia Liguori, Paolo Inglese, Mounir Louhaichi, Giuseppe Sortino. (21/4/2020). The Effect of Soil Volume Availability on Opuntia ficus-indica Canopy and Root Growth. Agronomy, 10 (5).en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11766/11833
dc.description.abstractThe study investigated the e_ect of soil volume restriction on the below- and above-ground growth of Opuntia ficus-indica through understanding the limit imposed by root confinement via di_erent soil volumes on root and canopy architecture and growth. In 2014, one-year-old O. ficus-indica cladodes were planted in five di_erent soil volumes (50, 33, 18, 9 and 5 L). The cladode and roots of each sampled plants were measured and weighed every six months; a starch content estimation was performed using the perchloric acid method. The restricted soil volume had limiting e_ects on overall plant growth and influenced plant development. The largest canopy surface area and dry mass were measured in 50 L potted plants. Root system growth was inhibited by soil volume restriction: the total root length, surface area, dry mass and volume decreased due to this restriction. During the whole period, the starch content in cladodes and in roots grown on a 5 L soil volume was twice as much as in the largest, 50 L soil volume. Our results confirmed the importance of O. ficus-indica as a potential plant that can survive under low soil volume conditions. This plant has the ability to balance its growth and stay alive under harsh environments.en_US
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dc.languageenen_US
dc.publisherMDPIen_US
dc.rightsCC-BY-4.0en_US
dc.sourceAgronomy;10,(2020)en_US
dc.subjectvegmeasureen_US
dc.subjectrestricted soil volumeen_US
dc.subjectCactusen_US
dc.titleThe Effect of Soil Volume Availability on Opuntia ficus-indica Canopy and Root Growthen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
cg.creator.idHassan, Sawsan: 0000-0002-5057-8957en_US
cg.creator.idLouhaichi, Mounir: 0000-0002-4543-7631en_US
cg.creator.ID-typeORCIDen_US
cg.creator.ID-typeORCIDen_US
cg.subject.agrovocsustainabilityen_US
cg.subject.agrovocrootsen_US
cg.subject.agrovocplant growthen_US
cg.subject.agrovoccladodesen_US
cg.contributor.centerUniversity of Palermo - unipaen_US
cg.contributor.centerInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
cg.contributor.centerUniversity of Palermo, Department of Agricultural Sciences - UNIPA-DoASen_US
cg.contributor.crpCGIAR Research Program on Livestock Agri-Food Systems - LAFSen_US
cg.contributor.funderInternational Livestock Research Institute - ILRIen_US
cg.contributor.funderArab Fund for Economic and Social Development - AFESDen_US
cg.contributor.projectCGIAR Research Program on Livestock Agri-Food Systemsen_US
cg.contributor.project-lead-instituteInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
cg.coverage.regionSouthern Europeen_US
cg.coverage.countryITen_US
cg.contactgiorgia.liguori@unipa.iten_US
cg.identifier.doihttps://dx.doi.org/10.3390/agronomy10050635en_US
dc.identifier.statusOpen accessen_US
mel.project.openhttps://mel.cgiar.org/projects/237en_US
mel.impact-factor2.603en_US


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