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Rubber latex yield and physiology of rubber tree with tea tree oil treatments
journal contributionposted on 2012-01-01, 00:00 authored by D M Zhu, J Wang, Lingxue KongLingxue Kong, Fenghua SheFenghua She, An Feng, W F Lin
To examine the effects of tea tree oil on rubber latex yield and the resulting latex physiological parameters of rubber tree （Hevea brasiliensis），clean water and 20%，40%，60%，80% and 100% of tea tree oil were applied on the tapping cut of rubber trees. The data were analyzed by Duncan test and its results showed that when compared to clean water （ck），80% and 100% of tea tree oil stimulation significantly promoted rubber latex yield（P＜0.05）. In addition，the latex physiological parameters changed with the sucrose content（P＜0.01），magnesium ion content （P＜0.01） and inorganic phosphorus content （P＜0.01） of latex significantly increasing and thiol content significantly deceasing （P＜0.01）. The effect of tea tree oil treatments on rubber yield was similar to the impact of 0.5% ethrel stimulation. However，compared to ethrel stimulation，100% tea tree oil treatment significantly increased dry rubber and sucrose contents （P＜0.01） and decreased thiol content （P＜0.01）. Thus，tea tree oil treatment involved different latex yield promotion mechanisms than that of ethrel stimulation.