Effect of shading on the initial growth of Massaigrass (Panicum maximum)

  • Marcia de Souza Vieira Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
  • Sebastiao Manhaes Souto EMBRAPA Agrobiologia, Seropédica-RJ
  • Paulo Francisco Dias EMBRAPA Agrobiologia
  • Aline Alves Colombari Instituto de Zootecnia. Universidade Federal Rural de Rio de Janeiro
  • Bruno Campbell de Azevedo Instituto de Agronomia, Universidade Federal Rural de Rio de Janeiro
  • Patricia Morais da Matta Instituto de Agronomia, Universidade Federal Rural de Rio de Janeiro


The objective of this research was to evaluate the influence of four levels (0, 25, 50, and 75%) of artificial shading on 12 attributes (plant height - PH, number of tiller – NT, number of leaves – NL, leaf area – LA, root dry matter – DMR, leaf dry matter – DML, total dry matter – DMT, ratio of aerial part: root – AP/R, specific leaf area - SLA, ratio of leaf area – RLA, ratio of root matter – RRM, and ratio of leaf matter – RLM), in the establishment phase of Massai grass plants. The experimental design was randomized blocks with three replications. The highest values for PH, NT, DMR, DML, DMT and RRM of Massai grass were obtained at the level of 75% of shading, indicating suitability of its use in pastoral-forest or agropastoral-forest systems.


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Vieira, Marcia de Souza, Sebastiao Manhaes Souto, Paulo Francisco Dias, Aline Alves Colombari, Bruno Campbell de Azevedo, and Patricia Morais da Matta. 2012. “Effect of Shading on the Initial Growth of Massaigrass (Panicum Maximum)”. Archivos Latinoamericanos De Producción Animal 21 (1). https://ojs.alpa.uy/index.php/ojs_files/article/view/2252.
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