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Photosynthesis Research for Food, Fuel and the Future

Publication Date: 09 October, 2013


Photosynthetic performance of maize subjected to low temperatures. 

Soni S Mulakupadom, Saul Otero, Gary Lanigan, and Bruce Osborne.

Photosynthesis Research for Food, Fuel and the Future, pages 716–721. Springer, 2013.

The introduction of early maturing cultivars has enabled forage maize to be grown in climatically marginal areas of Europe. The major constraint in growing maize in North-west European countries is the impact of sub-optimal temperatures during early growth and establishment. The use of plastic coverings to improve the establishment of seedlings in the field has considerable practical, economic and environmental costs, so breeders are now directing their attention at improving establishment and yield under cool-temperate conditions in the absence of plastic mulches. The objectives of the present study were to screen seedlings of nine commercial hybrids recommended for Ireland for photosynthetic performance under spring and early summer conditions.