This study was performed in Nurdagi district of Gaziantep Province of Turkey in 2011 growing season. Inci and 55-C chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) genotypes were sowed at 30, 40, 50 and 60 plant m-1 plant densities and the effects of sowing densities on plant botanical characteristics were investigated. In the research, plant height, first pod height, number of first branch, number of second branch and stem diameter varied between 38.33 to 47.73 cm, 23.87 to 34.27 cm, 2.07 to 2.80 number plant-1, 0.73 to 2.03 number plant-1 and 451 to 584 µm, respectively. Results showed that plant densities in the measured parameters are significantly different, except the number of the second branch. On the other hand, results of experiment revealed that genotypes were significantly differed in plant height and stem diameter while no significant differences were determined in the other parameters measured (P < 0.05).
Key words: Chickpea (Cicer arietinum), plant density, yield, botanical characters.
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