EVALUATION OF THE PRESENT INFORMATION ON THE MECHANISMS LEADING TO FLOWER BUD INDUCTION, EVOCATION AND DIFFERENTIATION IN OLEA EUROPAEA
Environmental factors such as suitable light and thermal conditions are essential for the reproductive development of olive buds. However, the tree and its buds have to be in a suitable responsive physiological state in order to respond. Furthermore sufficient well developed buds from the previous season with a good nutritive balance, capable to differentiate are required on the tree. In the present paper, we are demonstrating the changes in the nutritional state of the tree developing in ON and OFF years affecting the responsiveness of the buds and level of vegetative growth to the environmental conditions. After a heavy crop a nutrient dilution occurred and vegetative growth is inhibited. Thus, a following growing season is required to regain a good nutrient balance for generating vegetative growth with sufficient buds responsive to environmental differentiation stimuli for the initiation of the next ON year.
Troncoso, A., Garcia, J.L. and Lavee, S. (2012). EVALUATION OF THE PRESENT INFORMATION ON THE MECHANISMS LEADING TO FLOWER BUD INDUCTION, EVOCATION AND DIFFERENTIATION IN OLEA EUROPAEA. Acta Hortic. 949, 93-98
alternate bearing, mineral nutrition, inflorescence fertility