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Identification of 'Prata ana' banana leaf to diagnose the level of phosphorus sufficiency/ Identificacao da folha da bananeira 'Prata ana' para diagnostico do nivel de suficiencia de fosforo.

The International Reference Method for Sampling (MEIR), proposed by Martin-Prevel (1974), consists of sampling part of the 3rd leaf limb from the apex, with inflorescence at the stage of all female bunch uncovered (without bracts) and presenting up to three bunches of male flowers. For the 'Prata ana' banana, Silva et al. (1999) recommended to collect the leaves according to the MEIR method, adapting it to plants at the beginning of the bunch emission.

The limb of the 3rd leaf proposed by Martin-Prevel (1974) presents high sensitivity to detect the variation of nitrogen (N) and potassium (K) in the plant (SILVA et al., 2003). However, Silva and Rodrigues (2013) verified that the application of P increased its content in the soil and did not influence the content in the limb of the 3rd leaf of the 'Prata ana' banana, in four banana cycles. According to these authors, this part of the leaf may not be suitable for use in the diagnosis of P content in the banana tree. Bolfarini et al. (2016) found Similar results. For Lahav and Turner (1983), the analysis of the petiole or the midrib may be better than that of the limbs to diagnose the P content in the banana tree. Rodrigues et al. (2010) found that the collection of the above leaf (leaf 2) or below (leaf 4) of the recommended leaf (Leaf 3) does not alter the leaf contents in relation to the indication of the MEIR method, thus tolerating a possible variation of the sample to the position.

The inadequate diagnosis of P content in the banana tree can lead to an error in the recommendation of this nutrient, leading to unnecessary applications of P in the banana tree, increasing the cost of production and nutritional imbalance in the crop. The aim of this study was to identify the leaf and its part with the highest sensitivity to detect the variation of P in the 'Prata ana' banana tree when its soil content changes.

The experiment was carried out at the Experimental Farm of EPAMIG in Montes Claros, Minas Gerais (Longitude: -16[degrees]44'6 S and Latitude: -43[degrees]51'42O), in a clayey Oxisol with the following chemical attributes in the 0 - 0.20 m layer: pH in H2O = 6.2; organic matter = 2.4 dag [kg.sup.-1]; remaining phosphorus = 18.4 mg [L.sup.-1]; P-Mehlich 1 = 4.6 mg [dm.sup.-3]; K-Mehlich 1 = 138 mg [dm.sup.-3]; Al = 0.0 [cmol.sub.c] [dm.sup.-3]; Ca = 5.5 [cmol.sub.c] [dm.sup.-3]; Mg = 1.2 [cmol.sub.c] [dm.sup.-3].

Plant tissue seedlings of the 'Prata Ana' banana tree were planted in spacing of 2.5 m x 3.0 m. The experimental plots consisted of 20 families and the useful plots consisted of six banana families. The experimental design was randomized blocks, with six P doses (0, 50, 100, 150, 200 and 250 g [family.sup.-1] [year.sup.1] of [P.sub.2][O.sub.5]) and four replications. The P doses were divided in three times a year, the first application being done in the planting pit and the others applied every four months. The MAP was used as the source of P. The N of the plots that received the lowest dose of P (MAP) was compensated with urea application, since the MAP, in addition to the P, presents in its formula 9% of N.

The banana tree was conducted with a family in each tussock (mother, daughter and granddaughter plants). The experiment was irrigated using the micro sprinkler system. The potassium chloride, urea, magnesium sulphate, zinc sulphate and boric acid were applied as covering in all plots (SILVA; BORGES, 2008).

In the plants beginning the bunch emission, in the first, second and third cycle of the banana tree, the 3rd and 7th leaves were collected from the apex, from where 10 cm from the center of the limbs were removed, eliminating the midrib, 10 cm from the petiole and 10 cm from the midrib. We also collected 10 cm from the 1 leaf limb. The harvested materials were placed in oven with forced air circulation at 70[degrees]C for 72 hours. The dry and ground material was analyzed and the P content determined (MALAVOLTA et al., 1997).

At the end of each banana cycle, soil samples were collected at depths of 0 to 0.20 m, at the places where the fertilizers were applied, close to the useful plants of each plot, to analyze the P content available by Melich -1 extractor.

To detect the part of the leaf sensitive to P variation, regression equations were adjusted between the content of P determined in the parts of the leaves collected in function of the applied [P.sub.2][O.sub.5] doses and the available P in the soil. The part of the leaf that presented regression with a higher level of significance, of at least 10% of probability and greater value of [R.sup.2] (coefficient of determination), was considered the diagnostic leaf.

The adjusted linear regressions between the midrib of the 3rd leaf of the banana tree in function of the application of P doses in the soil were significant at 10; 5 and 5% probability in the first, second and third cycle, respectively (Figure 1). The adjusted regressions between the petiole of the 3rd leaf and the P doses applied to the soil were significant at 5% probability only in the second and third cycle (Figure 2) and the adjusted linear regressions between the midrib of the 7th leaf in function of P doses application in the soil were significant at 5% probability only in the third cycle (Figure 3). There were no significant regression adjustments between the limb of the 3rd leaf in function of the P doses applied to the soil in the three production cycles, confirming the results obtained by Silva & Rodrigues (2013) and Bolfarini et al. (2016). The average P contents found in the blade of the 3rd leaf were 1.9; 1.8 and 1.7 g [kg.sup.-1] in the first, second and third cycles, respectively, presenting within the range of sufficiency (1.5 -1.9 g [kg.sup.-1]) established by Silva et al. (2002). The regression adjustments between the 7th leaf limb and the 1 leaf limb in function of the P doses applied to the soil were also not significant in the three production cycles.

The P content in the soil was linearly elevated with P doses applied to the soil (Figure 4) and the adjusted linear regressions between the P content in the midrib of the 3rd leaf in function of the soil P content were significant at 5% probability in the three production cycles (Figure 5A, 5B and 5C), which indicates their sensitivity to detect the variation of P content in the soil as recommended by Lahav and Turner (1983).

The average P contents obtained in the midrib of the 3rd leaf from the apex were 1.07; 0.81 and 0.93 g [kg.sup.-1] in the first, second and third cycles, respectively, presenting an average content of 0.94 g [kg.sup.-1]. Lahav & Turner (1983) presented a critical level of 0.80 g [kg.sup.-1] for the P in the midrib of the 3rd leaf of the Cavendish banana tree.

According to the results obtained, the conclusion is that the midrib of the 3rd leaf has sensitivity to detect the variation of the P content in the plant when the content of this nutrient varies in the soil, and can be indicated to be used in the diagnosis of P in the 'Prata ana' banana tree, and that the 3rd leaf limb from the apex is not the part of the leaf indicated to perform the diagnosis of P in the 'Prata ana' banana, as recommended in the literature.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/0100-29452018067

Acknowledgment

We would like to thank the Foundation for Research Support of the State of Minas Gerais (Fapemig), for the financial support to carry out this research.

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Jose Tadeu Alves da Silva (1) & Maria Geralda Vilela Rodrigues (2)

Corresponding author: josetadeu@epamig.br

Received: June 08, 2018

Accepted: September 21, 2018

(2) Eng. Agr., D. Sc., Pesq. EPAMIG NORTE, Montes Claros-MG, Brasil. E-mail: josetadeu@epamig.br

(3) Enga. Agra., D. Sc., Pesquisadora EPAMIG NORTE, Bolsista da FAPEMIG, Nova Porteirinha-MG, Brasil. E-mail: magevr@epamig.br

Caption: Figure 1. P content in the midrib of the 3rd leaf of the 'Prata ana' banana in three production cycles in function of P doses applied to the soil.

Caption: Figure 2. P content in the petiole of the 3rd leaf of the 'Prata ana' banana in three production cycles in function of P doses applied to the soil.

Caption: Figure 3. P content in the midrib of the 7th leaf of the 'Prata ana' banana in three production cycles in function of P doses applied to the soil.

Caption: Figure 4. P content available in the soil in the depth of 0 - 0.2m in function of P doses applied in the soil with 'Prata ana' banana.

Caption: Figure 5. P content in the midrib of the 3rd leaf of the 'Prata ana' banana tree in function of P available in the soil, first (A), second (B) and third cycle (C).
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