Water and Nutrient Relations of Parasitic Quandong and Acacia Host Species

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  • Published: 1 Feb 2007

  • Author(s): Watling, JR, Lethbridge, B

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Quandong (Santalum acuminatum) and acacia seed are two of the most important native food crops currently being developed in Australia. This project was designed to quantify water and nutrient relations, and leaf gas-exchange in quandong growing on a range of acacia host species. The aim was to provide producers with important information that will aid in the selection of suitable hosts and the development of efficient irrigation and fertilisation strategies for quandong production in arid and semi-arid environments, including regions with salinity problems. The information obtained will also be useful to acacia-seed producers. The report provides information on the best hosts to use in quandong production systems based on information obtained about parasite and host water-use strategies, nutrient dynamics, and parasite growth and fruiting.