Influence of phosphorus nutrition on seed yield and quality of pea (Pisum sativum L.) cultivars across different seasons

  • Agnieszka Klimek-Kopyra | Institute of Crop Production, University of Agriculture, Kraków, Poland.
  • Josef Hakl Department of Forage Crops and Grassland Management, Czech University of Life Sciences, Prague, Czechia.
  • Jiri Skladanka Department of Animal Nutrition and Forage Production, Mendel University in Brno, Brno, Czechia.
  • Joanna Dłużniewska Institute of Plant Production, University of Agriculture, Kraków, Poland.


Due to the rapid shrinking of supply of mineral nutrients as well as observed weather fluctuations in throughout Europe in recent ten years, sustainable phosphorus fertilization has become an important aspect of legume cultivation. There is a lack of knowledge about the effect of phosphorus (P) nutrition on the pea seed yield and quality in water poor conditions. This study was conducted to evaluate the seed yield and seed chemical composition of selected pea cultivars in response to the level of P fertilization and weather conditions across three consecutive years. Redundancy analysis (RDA) was used to assess the proportion of variability of tested variables (seed quality traits) that could be explained by explanatory variables (year, cultivar, fertilization). Temporary soil drought during flowering stage resulted in a significant increase in yield only after high level of phosphorus application (140 kg ha–1). This indicates that phosphorus significantly mitigated the effect of water shortage. In a dry year, pea had high concentration of fat and fibre in seeds, while in very humid year the opposite response was observed. RDA analysis proved that year effect explained over 50% variability, whereas cultivar and P fertilization explained only 14.2% of variability. The effect of P fertilization was only marginal (1.6%) in comparison with cultivar selection (12.6%). Interaction of pea cultivars with fertilization shows a consistent tendency towards increase of crude protein under higher phosphorus doses for cultivars ‘Tarchalska’ and ‘Protecta’ whereas opposite tendency was observed for ‘Batuta’ and ‘Tinker’. It can be concluded that suitable cultivar selection gives a much greater opportunity to affect pea chemical composition than P fertilization.


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Legumes, phosphorus, semi drought, yield quality.
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Klimek-Kopyra, A., Hakl, J., Skladanka, J., & Dłużniewska, J. (2019). Influence of phosphorus nutrition on seed yield and quality of pea (Pisum sativum L.) cultivars across different seasons. Italian Journal of Agronomy.