a1 Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Western State, Nigeria
The growth of two varieties of white yam was analysed from planting in December to harvest in September. Four stages were recognized, viz.: dormancy, rapid growth of vine and root, rapid tuber development accompanied by leaf senescence and tuber maturity followed by reduction in tuber weight. The period of rapid growth coincident with maximum demand for nutrients was early June, suggesting that fertilizer should be applied in mid-May so that it is available in June.
(Accepted June 24 1971)