Water relations and growth of potatoes

  • P. J. Gregory
  • L. P. Simmonds
Part of the World Crop Series book series (WOCS)


It is well recognized that an adequate water supply is essential for high yields of potatoes (Evans and Neild, 1981) so that year to year and site to site variability of yields is frequently associated with differences in availability and accessibility of soil water. For example, McDermott and Ivins, 1955 found that fresh weight yields of Majestic potatoes grown in the East Midlands of England were directly proportional to the amount of rainfall received between May and September; over an 8-year period, yield increased by about 140 kg ha−1 mm−1 (Fig. 5.1). Similarly, differences in soil water storage can have marked effects on yields on sites where irrigation is unavailable.


Soil Water Water Potential Water Relation Stomatal Closure Leaf Water Potential 
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