The chronological relationships between stolon formation, stolon tip swelling, tuber initiation, flowering, senescence, growth and resorption of tubers were studied under field conditions in a diploid population of potato with 238 genotypes, the parental clones and seven tetraploid cultivars. Timing of tuber initiation was not closely related to the timing of stolon formation, flowering and duration of the plant cycle. Tuber initiation very often preceded stolon branching. The number and size distribution of tubers were largely influenced by the degree of stolon branching, the length of the stolon swelling period and tuber resorption. The peak production of stolons and swollen stolon tips largely took place within the flowering period, although in most genotypes, some stolon tip swelling took place until the end of the plant cycle. More information on the general temporal relationships between events related to tuber formation and plant development will contribute to a better understanding of the physiological and genetic basis of the processes leading to the production of harvestable tubers.
|Journal||Annals of Applied Biology|
|Publication status||Published - 2003|