The Relation Between Soil Moisture and Incidence of Disease in Cacao

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  • 1 University of the West Indies, Trinidad, W.I.
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Abstract

The soil moisture status at a cacao estate in Trinidad, W.I., has been estimated by a climatological method for six years. A relation (r = −0.76**) between the logarithm of the monthly number of disused pods and the moisture deficit in the fourth preceding month has been demonstrated. Such a relation could be the basis for predicting disease outbreaks and taking remedial action.

Abstract

The soil moisture status at a cacao estate in Trinidad, W.I., has been estimated by a climatological method for six years. A relation (r = −0.76**) between the logarithm of the monthly number of disused pods and the moisture deficit in the fourth preceding month has been demonstrated. Such a relation could be the basis for predicting disease outbreaks and taking remedial action.

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