Some Aspects of the Physiology of Arabica Coffee the Central Problems and the need for a Synthesis

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1969
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Huxley, P.A.
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Research on the physiology of both Arabica (Culfeaarabica L.) and Robusta (C canephora Pierre ex Froehner) coffees is extensive (Martinez and James 1960: Anon, 1968a). However. the purpose of this paper is not to summarize existing information but rather to lay emphasis on the nee d to understand and quantify those factors which affect dry matter production, and the distribution and use of current assimilates and the reserves within the coffee plant. This kind of information has been sought with some success for temperate fruits Such as the apple but few da ta are available for tropical perennial crops, although the methods - growth analysis, adjustment of foliage/ fruit ratios ringing analysis of carbohydrates, the use of 14C- labelled CO2 and the various techniques for studying roots- have long been established.
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Euphytica pp.255-267
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