African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6628

Review

Growth, yield and quality responses to plant spacing in Irish potato: A review

Robert Mangani
  • Robert Mangani
  • Africa University Box 1320, Mutare, Zimbabwe.
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Upenyu Mazarura
  • Upenyu Mazarura
  • Crop Science Department, University of Zimbabwe, P. O. Box MP 176 Mt Pleasant, Harare, Zimbabwe.
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Tuarira Abduel Mtaita
  • Tuarira Abduel Mtaita
  • Africa University Box 1320, Mutare, Zimbabwe.
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Admire Shayanowako
  • Admire Shayanowako
  • Africa University Box 1320, Mutare, Zimbabwe.
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  •  Received: 27 January 2014
  •  Accepted: 22 January 2015
  •  Published: 12 February 2015

Abstract

A review of literature was conducted on how growth, yield and quality respond to plant spacing in Irish potato. A number of parameters were considered: stem length, stem number, tuber numbers, tuber size categories, total yield, marketable yield, dry matter content and specific gravity. Some contradictions were exposed showing the need for further researches concerning how spacing interacts with the environment and other production practices including varietal choices. This information will help producers to optimise productivity.

 

Key words: Plant spacing, potato growth, potato yield, potato quality.