APPLICATION OF THE MINIRHIZOTRON TECHNIQUE TO STUDYING THE ROOTS OF FRUIT PLANTS
Sławomir Głuszek 1  
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Lidia Sas Paszt 1  
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Beata Sumorok 1  
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Edyta Derkowska 1  
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Research Institute of Horticulture, Pomological Department, Rhizosphere Lab, Konstytucji 3 Maja 1/3, 96-100 Skierniewice
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Warsaw University of Life Sciences – SGGW, The Faculty of Applied Informatics and Mathematics, Nowoursynowska 159, 02-776 Warsaw
Publication date: 2013-06-10
 
Adv. Sci. Technol. Res. J. 2013; 7(18):45–53
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Minirhizotron, a non-destructive technique is based on the application of transparent tubes, located in plant’s root zone. This method has been known since the beginning of 20th century and is used for plant root’s observations, especially in forest trees (Scots pine, Norway spruce, silver fir, birch), steppe grasses, vegetables and cereals. Minirhizotron technique is also applicable to pomological plants observations, mostly apples, but many others orchard species were observed with this method last years. The study of root growth dynamics in fruit plants using the non-destructive, minirhizotron method is conducted in the Pomological Orchard in Skierniewice. The objects of the observations are the roots of: apple trees cultivar. ‘Gold Milenium’, blackcurrant bushes cultivar ‘Tiben’ and sweet cherry cultivar ‘Vanda’. The observations were carried out monthly over a period of from March to November.