Rooting pattern in pigeonpea. (390)


Pigeon pea
Rooting pattern
Tap root
Lateral roots
root ratio

How to Cite

Rooting pattern in pigeonpea. (390). (1998). Tropical Agriculture, 75(3).


Two distinct types of root systems were identified among four contrasting pigeonpea cultivars: (i) a tap root type, which has been the root type normally associated with pigeonpea and (ii) a lateral root type, which has not been reported previously. The former had a very strong tap root, a smaller number of strong secondary roots, and a much lower shoot:root ratio, while the latter was characterized by a weak tap root, a greater number of weak secondary roots, and high shoot:root ratio. These results suggest that there is variation for pattern of root development in pigeonpea.