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Research article2008Peer reviewed

Importance of growth characteristics for yield of barley in different growing systems: will growth characteristics describe yield differently in different growing systems?

Kristensen, Kristian; Ericson, Lars


The interest in organic grown cereals has increased the need for variety tests under organic growing systems and/or the knowledge on whether growth characteristics describe yield differently under conventional and organic conditions. This paper is a contribution to that question by examining the relationships between some important growth characteristics in barley trials in both systems in Northern Sweden and in Denmark. Mixed model analyses were used for regressions of growth characteristics (or transformations of those) on yield (and log-transformed yield), allowing the slope to depend on the growing system. The analyses showed that diseases seemed to have a less negative effect on yield in the organic growing system than in the conventional growing system if pesticides were not applied. For other characteristics the effect depended on the country. This was the case for grain characteristics where the effect of volume weight in the Swedish trials was much larger in the conventional growing system than in the organic growing system, while a non-significant difference in the opposite direction was found for the trails from Denmark. For the trials from Denmark the effect of grain weight was much larger in the organic growing system than in the conventional growing system, but there was only a small and non-significant difference in the Swedish trials. In both countries there was a significant interaction between the two grain characteristics.


additive effect; conventional; multiplicative effect; organic; regression; variety performance

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2008, Volume: 163, number: 3, pages: 367-380
Publisher: SPRINGER

      SLU Authors

    • Ericson, Lars

      • Department of Agricultural Research for Northern Sweden, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

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    Agricultural Science

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