Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Vol 7, Issue 3&4,2009
Online ISSN: 1459-0263
Print ISSN: 1459-0255

Effects of water deficits on development and yield of rye varieties differing in tolerance to drought at seedling stage


Danuta Rzepka-Plevneš *, Marcelina Krupa-Małkiewicz, Jadwiga Kurek, Miłosz Smolik

Recieved Date: 2009-07-28, Accepted Date: 2009-10-05


Six rye varieties with different tolerance to drought at seedling stage were used in the study. Their tolerance to drought at maturity was examined in a pot experiment. Drought conditions were maintained twice: at the moment of flag leaf appearance (2 weeks – 15.5-30.5.2008) and at milk-stage of seeds (1 week – 23.6-30.6.2008). Basic agronomic traits of the tested varieties were compared with those of their control forms. Results show that the tested rye varieties, irrespective of their drought tolerance at seedling stage, under drought conditions at later stages of plant development did not differ significantly in yield components, spike length and plant height but high frequency of plants with higher than control values for the grain number and grain weight per plant, suggest that it may be possible to develop drought tolerant cultivars.


Rye, tolerance, drought, pot experiment, plant development

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2009
Volume: 7
Issue: 3&4
Category: Agriculture
Pages: 492-495

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