Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Matta, Frank B.

Committee Member

Kingery, William L.

Committee Member

Nagel, David

Committee Member

Silva, Juan L.

Committee Member

Snyder, Richard G.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access



Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


Department of Plant and Soil Sciences


Hand Pinching increased branching and fruit yield. At first harvest dikegulac-sodium at 50 ppm increased fruit yield compared to the control. However, dikegulac sodium at 100 ppm reduced fruit yield initially but had no effect on fruit yield at 2-4th harvests. Digkegulac-sodium, Gibberellic acid, and hand pinching did not affect fruit length at third and fourth harvests. However, first and second harvests dikegulac sodium reduced fruit length whereas GA3 had no effect. None of the treatments affected fruit width. Dikegulac sodium and Hand pinching increased the number of branches after three weeks, but GA3 did not. At 8 weeks after treatment dikegulac solution at 50 ppm and 100 ppm increased branching compared to the control. GA3 at 100 ppm also increased branching. The remaining treatment had no effect. GA3 at 50 ppm increased juice pH comparing to the control. None of treatments affected sugar content at regardless of harvest date.