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The critical nitrogen dilution curve CNDC can be used as a diagnostic tool to assess crop N nutritionduring the growing season. Potato cultivars have different biomass production and accumulationof N and consequently different growth patterns. These differences among cultivarsmay result in different CNDC. The aims were a to determine the CNDC for different potato cultivars;b to compare these curves with reference curves; and c to assess the possibility of usingthe CNDC to estimate the N nutritional status of the crop. The biomass production and N concentrationof shoots and tubers of potato cultivars Innovator, Gem Russet, Umatilla Russet, BannockRusset and Markies Russet were measured. The harvest index HI and N harvest index NHIwere determined. The coefficient a of the CNDC was similar among cultivars, while the coefficientsb for Innovator and Gem Russet -0.42 and -0.36, respectively were smaller than thosefor the other cultivars average -0.25. HI and NHI were greater in Innovator, smaller in MarkiesRusset, and intermediated in the other three cultivars. The coefficients b of the CNDC were correlatedwith HI and NHI HI, r = -0.62, p < 0.0001 and -0.53, p < 0.0001; NHI, r = -0.60, p <0.0001 and -0.61, p < 0.0001 for 2004-5 and 2005-6, respectively. The relationship betweenrelative tuber yield RY and N nutrition index NNI was fit by a quadratic-plateau function. Atsimilar situations of N deficiency, Innovator had lower yield and greater response to N rate thanthe other potato cultivars. The differences in HI and NHI among cultivars may explain the differencesin the coefficient b of the CNDC. The NNI identified the status of N adequately in potatocultivars.


Harvest Index, N Harvest Index, Coefficient of Dilution, Processing Potato

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Giletto, C. and Echeverría, H. 2015 Critical Nitrogen Dilution Curve in Processing Potato Cultivars. American Journal of Plant Sciences, 6, 3144-3156. doi: 10.4236-ajps.2015.619306.

Author: Claudia Marcela Giletto*, Hernán Eduardo Echeverría



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