Error estimation in plant growth analysis

Andrzej Gregorczyk


The scheme is presented for calculation of errors of dry matter values which occur during approximation of data with growth curves, determined by the analytical method (logistic function) and by the numerical method (Richards function). Further formulae are shown, which describe absolute errors of growth characteristics: Growth rate (GR), Relative growth rate (RGR), Unit leaf rate (ULR) and Leaf area ratio (LAR). Calculation examples concerning the growth course of oats and maize plants are given. The critical analysis of the estimation of obtained results has been done. The purposefulness of joint application of statistical methods and error calculus in plant growth analysis has been ascertained.


plant growth analysis; dry matter accumulation; error calculus; regression functions; Zea mays L.; Avena saliva L.

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