A retrospective study of vase life determinants for cut Acacia holosericea foliage

Rafdi, Husni Hayati Mohd., Joyce, Daryl C., Lisle, Allan, Li, Xiuhua, Irving, Donald E. and Gupta, Madan (2014) A retrospective study of vase life determinants for cut Acacia holosericea foliage. Scientia Horticulturae, 180 254-261. doi:10.1016/j.scienta.2014.10.020

Author Rafdi, Husni Hayati Mohd.
Joyce, Daryl C.
Lisle, Allan
Li, Xiuhua
Irving, Donald E.
Gupta, Madan
Title A retrospective study of vase life determinants for cut Acacia holosericea foliage
Formatted title
A retrospective study of vase life determinants for cut Acacia holosericea foliage
Journal name Scientia Horticulturae   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0304-4238
Publication date 2014-12-17
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.scienta.2014.10.020
Open Access Status
Volume 180
Start page 254
End page 261
Total pages 8
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Short and variable vase life of cut Acacia holosericea foliage stems limits its commercial potential. Retrospective evaluation of factors affecting the vase life of this cut foliage line was assessed using primary data collected from 30 individual experiments. These data had been collected by four different researchers over 17 months, from late Summer to mid Winter across two consecutive years. Vase life data of cut A. holosericea stems held in deionised water (DIW) was analysed for general vase life variation and to define the most influential factor affecting vase life of the cut stems. Meanwhile, vase life of cut stems exposed to various chemical and physical postharvest treatments was analysed using meta-analysis to evaluate their efficacy in prolonging vase life of the stems. The overall mean vase life (±standard deviation) of cut A. holosericea stems was 6.4 ± 1.2 days (n = 30 trials). Longer vase life of ≥7 days was obtained from cut stems harvested at vegetative and flowering stage, which was between Summer and Autumn. Cut stems harvested at fruiting stage, between Winter and Spring displayed shorter vase life of ≤5.5 days. Mixed model analysis indicated that vase life variation of the cut stems was mostly determined by season (P < 0.001). In averaged, postharvest treatments increased vase life 1.4-fold compared to stems in DIW, with 68.32% had a large positive treatment effect size (d). Among the treatments, nano silver (NS) and copper (Cu2+) were the most beneficial to vase life. Retrospective analysis was found to be beneficial for identifying conditions and targeting practices to maximise the vase life of cut A. holosericea and, potentially for other species.
Keyword Harvest time
Operator effect
Postharvest treatment
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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