Emirates Journal of Food and Agriculture 35(1): 86-90, doi: 10.9755/ejfa.2023.v35.i1.2986
Effect of shadenet color and its intensity on tomato crop performance
expand article infoKV Ramana Rao, Suchi Gangwar,, Pushplata Aherwar
‡ ICAR-Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Nabi Bagh, Berasia Road, Bhopal-462038, Madhya Pradesh, India
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Abstract

At the research farm of Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Bhopal, India experimental trials were conducted during three rainy
seasons (June-October) starting with 2016-2017. In this study red, white, black and green colors shade nets with varying shade intensities
(35, 50 and 75 %) were studied by constructing each shadenet of 100 m2 size. All the tomato crop growth parameters significantly
varied with shade net colours and intensities. Crop under red coloured shadenet house was found to have highest plant height and more
branches over crop cultivation in other coloured net houses. Among the shade intensifies crop under 50% had highest plant height and
more branches per plant as compared to crop under other intensities. Tomato crop under 50% shade intensity with red color shade net
gave highest yield and the lowest yield was observed in 75% green colured shadenet house. Reduction in average ambient temperatures
over control (outside the shadenet house, which was 30oC) in different shadenets are 3.2-5.9 0C under black shade net, 1.4-3.5 0C
under green, 3.0 -5.3 0C under white, 2.0 – 4.4 0C under red coloured shade net house Average light intensity under ambient conditions
was highest with 1,10,000 lux whereas in shade net houses the light intensities are much lower than the ambient conditions. The light
intensities were found to be highest in green coloured net house for all intensities followed by red, white and black coloured net houses