Modelling plant morphometric parameters as predictors for successful cultivation of some medicinal Agastache species

  • Rodica VÂRBAN University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca, Faculty of Agriculture, Calea Mănăştur 3-5, 400372 Cluj-Napoca (RO)
  • Roxana VIDICAN University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca, Faculty of Agriculture, Calea Mănăştur 3-5, 400372 Cluj-Napoca (RO)
  • Andreea D. ONA University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca, Faculty of Agriculture, Calea Mănăştur 3-5, 400372 Cluj-Napoca (RO)
  • Dan VÂRBAN University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca, Faculty of Agriculture, Calea Mănăştur 3-5, 400372 Cluj-Napoca (RO)
  • Andrei STOIE University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca, Faculty of Agriculture, Calea Mănăştur 3-5, 400372 Cluj-Napoca;University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca, Agro-Botanical Garden, Calea Mănăştur 3-5, 400372 Cluj-Napoca (RO)
  • Ștefania GÂDEA University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca, Faculty of Agriculture, Calea Mănăştur 3-5, 400372 Cluj-Napoca (RO)
  • Sorin VÂTCĂ University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca, Faculty of Agriculture, Calea Mănăştur 3-5, 400372 Cluj-Napoca (RO)
  • Valentina STOIAN University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca, Faculty of Agriculture, Calea Mănăştur 3-5, 400372 Cluj-Napoca (RO)
  • Ioana CRIȘAN University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca, Faculty of Agriculture, Calea Mănăştur 3-5, 400372 Cluj-Napoca;University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca, Agro-Botanical Garden, Calea Mănăştur 3-5, 400372 Cluj-Napoca (RO)
  • Vlad STOIAN University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca, Faculty of Agriculture, Calea Mănăştur 3-5, 400372 Cluj-Napoca (RO)
Keywords: agronomic trait, correlation, field conditions, herba Agastache

Abstract

Researches carrying evidence for various uses and bioactive principles of Agastache spp. are justifying the upscaling into cultivation of these medicinal species. But, hindrances in their cultivation exist due to the insufficient documentation of their biology under field conditions. Because productivity of these medicinal species (herba) is ensured by the combined contribution of plant agronomic traits, these are related to the feasibility of the crop and therefore, can be used as predictors for successful cultivation. The aim of this study was to evaluate comparatively four valuable Agastache species (A. mexicana, A. scrophulariifolia, A. foeniculum) and one cultivar (A. rugosa ‘After Eight’), in order to identify the favourability for cultivation in local conditions (Romania). Based on the structural indicators of plant morphology (plant height, shoot number, leaf number, leaf length and width, inflorescence length, verticillaster number and flower number), registered over the span of two years, were explored relationships and similarities as well as their implications in previsioning the phenotypic potential. The results showed that studied species acclimatized successfully and all agronomic parameters studied increased in values in the second year. The average plant height in second year (2020) was 109.8 cm and average inflorescences length 9.6 cm. Stable positive correlations between inflorescence length with plant height and shoot number were observed, while differences among species became pronounced as plants become established, evidenced by clearer distinction in the second year. Phenotypic potential in the absence of inputs enables the feasibility assessment for medicinal plants introduced for cultivation in new regions.

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2022-03-25
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VÂRBAN, R., VIDICAN, R., ONA, A. D., VÂRBAN, D., STOIE, A., GÂDEA, Ștefania, VÂTCĂ, S., STOIAN, V., CRIȘAN, I., & STOIAN, V. (2022). Modelling plant morphometric parameters as predictors for successful cultivation of some medicinal Agastache species. Notulae Botanicae Horti Agrobotanici Cluj-Napoca, 50(1), 12638. https://doi.org/10.15835/nbha50112638
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