The Effect of Short-tenn Intermittent Light Exposure on Total Carbon Content and Quality of Dark-stored Ornamental Chilli Plants
T. M. M., Mahmud and M. F., Ramlan and Ahmad, Siti Hajar and S. J., Kays (1997) The Effect of Short-tenn Intermittent Light Exposure on Total Carbon Content and Quality of Dark-stored Ornamental Chilli Plants. Pertanika Journal of Tropical Agricultural Science, 20 (1). pp. 13-18. ISSN 0126-6128
Using ornamental chilli (Capsicum frutescens L.) as a model plant, a study was conducted on carbon balance analysis to determine the potential of using 2-3 hours of intensive light exposure per day to maintain the plant quality during 16 days storage period. Carbon input/output ratios were ascertained by measuring respiratory carbon losses and photosynthetic carbon inputs. Replacement of respiratory carbon losses (i. e. approx. 95 %) using 2-3 hours of light exposure was sufficient to maintain growth attributes (i.e. plant height, leaf area, leaf, stem, root and total dry weight).
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