Author(s): Nishiura Y, Murase H, Honami N, Taira T, Wadano A
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Abstract The production system for grafted seedlings mainly consists of three processes; 1) growth of seedlings, 2) grafting of seedlings, and 3) acclimation of grafted seedlings. Of the three processes, the duration of acclimation is highly influenced by the acclimation conditions. The acclimation environment after grafting was controlled to be satisfied the demands of grafted seedlings in the point of the physiological reaction such as photosynthesis, respiration, transpiration, and translocation nutrients. In the present study, a preliminary experiment was conducted to understand the relationship between the factors concerned with the acclimation of grafted seedlings, using a new acclimation apparatus. The factors of interest were air temperature, relative humidity, light, and carbon dioxide concentration. In the presence of light, the air temperature and relative humidity were interfered each other, so that both factors were difficult to keep at a constant value. Furthermore, the concentration of carbon dioxide was remarkably fluctuated by the relative humidity regulated by the humidifier and dehumidification which was controlled by the temperature differences between water and ambient air. A new device of acclimation system which is automatically controlled would be expected to construct in near future. Such a device will make it possible to shorten the duration of acclimation and produce high quality of grafted seedlings.
This article was published in Acta Hortic
and referenced in Advances in Crop Science and Technology