Effect of cultivar, seed source and manganese supply on growth and manganese uptake of wheat (Triticum aestivum)


Research organisatons

Trial details

Researcher(s) NE Marcar and RD Graham
Year(s) 1985
Contributor South Australian Research and Development Institute
Trial location(s) Site 2, Wangary, SA
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Effect of cultivar, seed source and manganese supply on growth and manganese uptake of wheat (Triticum aestivum) locations

To monitor varietal performance during the 1982/83 season and conduct controlled environment studies to determine more precisey the extent of genetic variation within wheat for Mn efficiency.

Key messages
  • Plants grown in small pots containing Mn deficient calcareous (pH 8.5, 80% CaCO3) sand collected from Wangary, S.A with 0-50 ppm added Mn in growth room at 15°C.
  • Plants harvested at approx. 4 weeks (early tillering). Also 30 wheat cultivars were screened at Wangary using plant breeders' plots (4 rows x 5 m) with a split plot application of foliar MnSO (1 kg/ha ).
  • Effects of seed soaking were evaluated for wheat and barley by soaking for 6 h with 1.5% MnSO4 prior to sowing.
  • Without Mn, all cultivars showed no differences in growth and Mn uptake at 4 weeks (pots) but significant differences at 8 weeks in the field. With Mn supplied either in soil or on seed large cultivar differences were apparent at 4 weeks.
  • Conclude that use of Mn efficient varieties coupled with a suitable seed Mn content will lessen the need for Mn fertilisers.
Lead research organisation N/A
Host research organisation Waite Research Institute - The University of Adelaide
Related program More Profit from Crop Nutrition
Acknowledgments N/A
Other trial partners Not specified


Crop type Wheat
Treatment type(s)
  • Variety: Type
Trial type Experimental
Trial design Randomised,Replicated,Blocked

Wangary 1985

Sow date Not specified
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication Not specified

Pots received 0-50ppm Mn.

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Trial last modified: 09-10-2019 09:40am AEST