Potato Research

, Volume 32, Issue 2, pp 203–209 | Cite as

Effects of soil applications of gibberellic acid on the yield and quality of tubers ofSolanum tuberosum L. cv. Bintje

  • P. C. Struik
  • G. Kramer
  • N. P. Smit
Short Communication


In two outdoor pot experiments with potato (cv. Bintje) gibberellic acid (GA) was applied to the soil on different dates at 25 (Exp. 1) or 12.5 (Exp. 2) mg/pot.

Dry-matter yields were reduced by early treatments in Exp. 1. In both experiments fresh yields were increased by an application about 40 days or later after planting (DAP).

GA increased the number of tubers, especially when applied 38 or 40 DAP, treatments which also induced the largest shift in size distribution towards the smaller grades. GA reduced the dry-matter content of the tubers, especially when applied 60 (Exp. 1) or 48 (Exp. 2) DAP.

Because the development over time of sensitivity to GA was not similar for all yield and quality variables, GA can be used to alter tuber-size distribution without greatly affecting other quality characteristies or yield.

Additional key words

potato tuber-size distribution size grading dry-matter content tuberization growth regulators 


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. Bodlaender, K. B. A., 1982. Groeiregulatie bij aardappel. Landbouw en Planteziekte april 1982 no. 1: 5–23.Google Scholar
  2. Booth, A. & P. H. Lovell, 1972. The effect of pre-treatment with gibberellic acid on the distribution of photosynthate in intact and disbudded plants ofSolanum tuberosum L.New Phytologist 71: 795–804.Google Scholar
  3. Choudhuri, H. C. & S. Ghose, 1963. Effect of gibberellic acid on sprouting, growth of internodes, tuber shape and yield in different varieties of potatoes.European Potato Journal 6: 160–167.Google Scholar
  4. Ewing, E. E., 1985. Cuttings as simplitied models of the potato plant., In: P. H. Li (Ed.), Potato physiology. Academic Press, Inc., Orlando, Florida, pp. 153–207.Google Scholar
  5. Hammes, P. S. & P. C. Nel, 1975. Control mechanisms in the tuberization process.Potato Research 18: 262–272.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. Holmes, J. C., R. W. Lang & A. K. Singh, 1970. The effect of five growth regulators on apical dominance in potato seed tubers and on subsequent tuber production.Potato Research 13: 342–352.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. Krauss, A. & H. Marschner, 1982. Influence of nitrogen nutrition, daylength and temperature on contents of gibberellic and abscisic acid and on tuberization in potato plants.Potato Research 25: 13–21.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. Kumar, D. & P. F. Wareing, 1972. Factors controlling stolon development in the potato plant.New Phytologist 71: 639–648.Google Scholar
  9. Lovell, P. H. & A. Booth, 1967. Effects of gibberellic acid on growth, tuber formation and carbohydrate distribution inSolanum tuberosum.New Phytologist 66: 525–537.Google Scholar
  10. MacKerron, D. K. L. & R. A. Jefferies, 1988. The distributions of tuber sizes in droughted and irrigated crops of potato. I. Observations on the effect of water stress on graded yields from different cultivars.Potato Research 31: 269–278.Google Scholar
  11. Marinus, J. & K. B. A., Bodlaender, 1978. Growth and yield of seed potatoes after application of gibberellic acid to the tubers before planting.Netherlands Journal of Agricultural Science 26: 354–365.Google Scholar
  12. Menzel, C. M., 1983. Tuberization in potato at high temperatures: gibberellin content and transport from buds.Annals of Botany 52: 697–702.Google Scholar
  13. Menzel, C. M., 1983. Tuberization in potato at high temperatures: responses to exogenous gibberellins, cytokinin and ethylene.Potato Research 28: 263–266.Google Scholar
  14. Morgan, D. G. & G. C. Mees, 1958. Gibberellic acid and the growth of crop plants.Journal of Agricultural Science, Camb. 50: 49–59.Google Scholar
  15. Okazawa, Y. 1959. Studies on the occurrence of natural gibberellin and its effects on the tuber formation of the potato plant.Proceedings of the Crop Science Society of Japan 28: 129–133.Google Scholar
  16. Okazawa, Y., 1960. Studies on the relation between the tuber formation of potato and its natural gibberellin content.Proceedings of the Crop Science Society of Japan 29: 121–124.Google Scholar
  17. Rowberry, R. G. & G. R. Johnston, 1964. A note on seed and foliar applications of ‘gibrel’ to Huron potatoes.American Potato Journal 41: 212–214.Google Scholar
  18. Smeltzer, G. G. & D. C. MacKay, 1963. The influence of gibberellic acid seed treatment and seed spacing on yield and tuber size of potatoes.American Potato Journal 40: 377–380.Google Scholar
  19. Smith, O. E. & C. E. Palmer, 1970. Cytokinin-induced tuber formation on stolons ofSolanum tuberosum.Physiologia Plantarum 23: 599–606.Google Scholar
  20. Van Hiele, F. J. H., 1961. Unsprouted potato tubers treated with gibberellic acid (GA3).European Potato Journal 4: 26–39.Google Scholar
  21. Wareing, P. F., 1982. The control of development of the potato plant by endogenous and exogenous growth regulators. In: J. S. MacLaren (Ed.), Chemical manipulation of crop growth and development. Butterworth, London, pp. 129–138.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. C. Struik
    • 1
  • G. Kramer
    • 1
  • N. P. Smit
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Field Crops and Grassland ScienceWageningen Agricultural UniversityWageningenthe Netherlands

Personalised recommendations