Camelina Agronomics -

Paclobutrazol treatment as a potential strategy for higher seed and oil yield in field-grown Camelina sativa L. Crantz – S. Kumar, S. Ghatty, J. Satyanarayana, A. Guha, B. Chaitanya, and . R. Reddy – BMC Research Notes – March 2012

Summary: We report for the first time that application of optimized PBZ doses can be a potential strategy to achieve higher seed and oil yield from Camelina, which holds great promise as a biofuel crop. A field-based micro-trial setup was established in a randomized block design and the study was performed twice within a span of five months (October 2010 to February 2011) and five different PBZ treatments were applied (soil application) at the time of initiation of flowering. The seed yield increment was mainly due to enhanced number of siliques per plant when compared to control. The PBZ treated plants displayed better photosynthetic leaf gas exchange characteristics, higher chlorophyll contents and possessed dark green leaves which were photosynthetically active for a longer period and facilitated higher photoassimilation. Link: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1756-0500/5/137