ISSN: 0041-3216 (Online), 0041-3216 (Print)
Volume 65 Number 4
Influence of post-ringing period on cofactor activity and total phenol content in ringed shoot cuttings of cashew (Anacardium occidentale L.)
The cofactor activity and total phenol content were analysed in ringed cashew shoot cuttings obtained from 4-year-old plants after 0, 45, 90 and 180 days. The cuttings at 180 days post-ringing, which rooted best, were found to show higher cofactor activity (especially at Rf 0.1, 0.3 and 0.8) and total phenol content in basal tissue extracts. At the root-initiation stage, there was a considerable decline in the cofactor activity and total phenol content in ringed cuttings at 90 days post-ringing. This was attributed to their utilization in the process of root initiation.
Keywords: Cashew; Anacardium occidentale, Cuttings; Ringing; Girdling; Rooting; Cofactors; Phenols