Solar radiation interception and utilization by chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) crops in northern Syria
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G. Hughes, Dyno (J. D. H. ) Keatinge, P. J. M. Cooper, N. F. Dee. (27/3/2009). Solar radiation interception and utilization by chickpea (Cicer arietinum L. ) crops in northern Syria. The Journal of Agricultural Science, 108 (2), pp. 419-424.
An analysis of chickpea experiments carried out in northern Syria during the 1980–1 and 1981–2 growing seasons showed that both intercepted solar radiation and its rate of conversion to dry matter were variable components of dry-matter production. Among the sources of variation in the experiments, the most important factor affecting both interception and utilization of solar radiation was site. Winter planting also led to increased solar radiation interception and utilization. Used in conjunction with chickpea lines resistant to blight, winter planting seems likely to lead to increased productivity. In higher rainfall areas, where the crop is usually grown, such an increase would be of commercial significance. In drier areas, winter planting would enable the cultivation of chickpea as a subsistence crop.
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