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Drought is one of the most damaging abiotic stresses; water deficit problem is increasingly occurring due to global climate change and negatively affects crop growth and productivity. Grafting on tolerate rootstocks is a promise approach to mitigate negative impacts of drought stress and ensure production sustainability. The present study was carried out to investigate the effect of water deficit stress on Coratina olive plants grafted on the following cultivars as rootstocks (Coratina, Koroneiki, Manzanillo, Picual and Sorani). Three water levels based on soil field capacity (FC) (100, 50% and 25% of FC) were used for water deficit treatments. Water deficit decreased shoot growth, stem diameter, leaves number and area, shoot and root weight. Leaf analysis showed marked decrease in total chlorophyll content while proline, total sugars and phenolic content increased with increasing water deficit level. The studied grafting combination differed in their response to water deficit treatments; Coratina grafted on Sorani and Koroneiki recorded higher values of growth parameters and accumulated higher amount of osmolytes (proline and total sugars) and phenolic compared to other grafted olive plants.


Drought Grafting Olive Rootstocks Water stress

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Hegazi, E. S. S. ., Allatif, A. M. A. ., & Abdel-Fattah, A. A. . (2024). Response of Grafted Olive (Olea europaea L. Cv. Coratina) to Water Deficit Conditions. Basrah Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 37(1), 134–148.


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