Effect of fertilizer nitrogen on drought resistance in Coffea arabica L.

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1978
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Kumar, D.
Tesha, A.J.
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When coffee trees have a good supply of nitrogen they are less affected by drought. Explanation and evidence are presented. Trees treated with extra nitrogen contained more adenosine triphosphate, aqueous protein and 'bound water'. Such N-rich trees exhibited lower transpiration rates than trees relatively poor in N when water supply was limiting. They had lower stomatal density and water saturation deficit values. Leaves maintained higher chlorophyll and turgidity. The conclusion is that nitrogen increases the drought-resisting capacity of coffee trees. This aspect was clearly reflected in yield, as nitrogen-rich trees produced more coffee beans.
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Agricultural Science, 90, pp. 625-631
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