Assessment of plant water indicators for regulated deficit irrigation management in sweet cherry

  1. V. Blanco
  2. P.J. Blaya-Ros
  3. A. Pérez-Pastor
  4. R. Domingo
Proceedings of the 6º Workshop de investigación agroalimentaria ( WiA 2017): Cartagena, 8 y 9 de mayo de 2017

ISBN: 978-84-16325-64-1

Year of publication: 2018

Type: Conference paper


A two-year experiment with sweet cherry (P. avium L. cv “Prime Giant”) trees underregulated deficit irrigation conditions was carried out to ascertain which of the followingcommonly used plant water indicators is most effective for irrigation scheduling: discretemeasures of t (midday stem water potential) and gs (stomatal conductance) or continuousmeasurements of the branch diameter fluctuations, MCD (maximum daily branchshrinkage). MCD first identified irrigation changes and showed high signal intensity.Moreover, a threshold of -1.3 MPa is proposed in cherry trees irrigation managementaccording to MCD.