Allometric Method for the Estimation of Prickly Pear (Opuntia Ficus- indica (L.) Miller) Biomass Weight: Comparison between Seasonal Data

M.D. Curt, F. Sánchez, J. Sánchez, P.L. Aguado, M. Uceda, G. Zaragoza, J.M. Agüera & J. Fernández
Prickly-pear features morphological and physiological adaptations to hot arid conditions which make this plant species an ideal crop for arid and semi-arid regions. It is a perennial with a distinct morphology, typically a succession of cladodes. This fact allows the development of a specific allometric method for the estimation of the biomass production of this crop. A close relationship was reported in the literature between non-destructive measurements of cladodes and biomass dry weight. In this...