American Journal of Potato Research

, Volume 96, Issue 6, pp 541–551 | Cite as

Nitrogen Fertilization Effects on the Composition of Foliar Amino Acids of Russet Burbank Potato

  • Guoqi Wen
  • Athyna N. CambourisEmail author
  • Noura Ziadi
  • Annick Bertrand
  • Mohamed Khelifi


Colorado potato beetle (CPB), Leptinotarsa decemlineata (Say), is an important pest of potato crops. Potato foliar amino acids play essential roles in CPB growth. In this study, amino acids were classified into four groups according to their different roles in promoting CPB growth. Then, nitrogen (N) rate effects on the concentrations of amino acid groups were investigated under field conditions. Experiments were carried out with five N rates of 0, 60, 120, 180, and 240 kg N ha−1 in a randomized complete block design. Twenty leaves were collected at 40, 54, 68, and 82 days after planting (DAP) for amino acids analysis. Results showed that N rate had no significant effect on concentrations of each amino acid group at 40 DAP. However, their concentrations linearly increased as N rate increased at 54, 68, and 82 DAP, suggesting that higher N rates could potentially favor CPB growth after potato enters tuber initiation stage.


Herbivorous pest Mineral fertilizer N assimilation Foliar chemicals 



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El escarabajo de la papa de Colorado (CPB), Leptinotarsa decemlineata (Say), es una plaga importante en los cultivos de papa. Los amonoácidos foliares de la papa juegan papeles esenciales en el crecimiento de CPB. En este estudio, se clasificaron los aminoácidos en cuatro grupos de acuerdo a sus diferentes funciones en la promoción del crecimiento del CPB. Se investigaron los efectos del nivel del nitrógeno (N) en las concentraciones de los grupos de aminoácidos bajo condiciones de campo. Se condujeron experimentos con cinco niveles de N, de 0, 60, 120, 180, y 240 kg N ha–1 en un diseño de bloques completamente al azar. Se colectaron 20 hojas a los 40, 54, 68, y 82 días después de la siembra (DAP) para el análisis de aminoácidos. Los resultados demostraron que el nivel del N no tuvo un efecto significativo en las concentraciones de cada uno de los grupos de aminoácidos a los 40 DAP. No obstante, sus concentraciones se aumentaron linealmente a medida que los niveles de N aumentaron a 54, 68, y 82 DAP, sugiriendo que niveles más altos de N pudieran favorecer potencialmente el crecimiento del CPB después de que la papa entra al estado de iniciación del tubérculo.



This study was supported by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) through the Growing Forward program. The technical assistance of Sarah-Maude Parent, Mario Deschênes, Sandra Delaney, and Josée Bourassa from the Quebec Research and Development Centre, AAFC, is greatly appreciated. The first author acknowledges the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT) for providing him with a Ph.D. scholarship to study at Université Laval.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Guoqi Wen
    • 1
    • 2
  • Athyna N. Cambouris
    • 1
    Email author
  • Noura Ziadi
    • 1
  • Annick Bertrand
    • 1
  • Mohamed Khelifi
    • 2
  1. 1.Quebec Research and Development Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food CanadaQCCanada
  2. 2.Department of Soils and Agri-Food EngineeringUniversité LavalQCCanada

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