HOW DO LIMITING FACTORS AFFECT PLANT PRODUCTIVITY

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From the time a plant breaks dormancy, starts vegetative growth, flowers, produces fruits and goes into a dormant state, many environmental factors can act slightly to affect plant productivity. Factors such as water, temperature, light and sometimes even nutrients can have major effects on plant productivity.

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How do limiting factors affect plant productivity?BY: KRYSLE RAJPAULSINGHFrom the time a plant breaks dormancy, starts vegetative growth, flowers, produces fruits and goes into a dormant state, many environmental factors can act slightly to affect plant productivity. Factors such as water, temperature, light and sometimes even nutrients can have major effects on plant productivity. Limiting factors are environmental influences that prevent individual organism, their population, or multi-species communities from attaining as high a rate of productivity as they could potentially achieve upper optimal conditions.Temperature has major effects on photosynthesis and respiration, plant growth and plant development. Temperature can affects the productivity and growth of a plant depending on if the plant is a warm-season crop or cool-season crop. For a warm-season crop, such as peppers or tomatoes, high temperatures can cause pollen to be enviable but the plant may not undergo pollination. Low temperatures can also cause the plants to stop growing resulting in a poor quality plant. High or low temperatures will result in loss of fruit production, this creates a loss in plant productivity. For example, the bitterness in lettuce is caused by high temperatures. However if you have a cool-season crop such as broccoli and spinach, at high temperatures they will grow very quickly but dont produce any flowers. As temperature increases, the molecules gain kinetic energy, and thus in

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