Sci Rep 2021 Aug 5;11(1):15888. Epub 2021 Aug 5.
College of Water Conservancy and Hydropower Engineering, Gansu Agricultural University, Lanzhou, 730070, China.
The effects of the amount and timing of regulated deficit drip irrigation under plastic film on potato ('Qingshu 168') growth, photosynthesis, yield, water use efficiency, and quality were examined from 2017 to 2019 in cold and arid northwestern China. In the four stages of potato growth (seedling, tuber initiation, tuber bulking, starch accumulation), eight treatments were designed, with a mild deficit was in treatments WD1 (seedling), WD2 (tuber initiation), WD3 (tuber bulking), and WD4 (starch accumulation); and a moderate deficit in WD5 (seedling), WD6 (tuber initiation), WD7 (tuber bulking), and WD8 (starch accumulation). The net photosynthetic rate, stomatal conductance, and transpiration rate decreased significantly under water deficit in the tuber formation and starch accumulation stages. Read More