This paper evaluates the application of a statistical model to estimate leaf surface area in grapevines, expressed as leaf area of an individual leaf as well as total leaf area per shoot, including any lateral shoots. Estimating the area of an individual leaf was based on a formula obtained by regression analysis that uses the sum of length of two inferior leaf veins as an independent variable. To estimate the leaf area per main shoot and per lateral shoot we used the model derived from multiple regression analysis that has the following independent variables: the number of leaves, and surface area of the largest and of the smallest leaf on the shoot. High values of the coefficient of determination (r2), as well as satisfactory levels of mean absolute error (MAE), suggest that the applied models appear valid. These results have shown a good fit of observed and predicted values of shoot and lateral leaf areas.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||South African Journal of Enology and Viticulture|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|