J Integr Plant Biol. ›› 1983, Vol. 25 ›› Issue (4): -.

• Research Articles •    

The Physiological Effects of Ethrel on Seedlings of Second Season Rice

Fang Bing-chu, Shen Yue-qing, Sheng Min-zhi and Cao Hui-fang   

Abstract: Spray of ethrel (1000 ppm)to seedlings of double-cropping second season rice at 5-leaf stage can control plant height and root length, and consequently makes seedlings strong and tough. The ABA content and ethylene released by young seedling were significantly higher than the control. However, there were some changes: cell elongation inhibited, leaf area decreased, and leaf color became dark green, photosynthetic rate increased, translocation of photosynthetate in leaf sheath enhanced, leaf emergence was rapid. The growth of root system and root vigor were though temporarily inhibited, but slightly increased after transplantation. All these are beneficial to seedling quality, the plant growth and development after transplantation, which subsequently bring about positive effects on stimulating early heading and on increasing rice yield.

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