Baldwin, S. Brian
Brown, E. Ahli
Nagel, H. David
Phippen, B. Winthrop
Date of Degree
Graduate Thesis - Open Access
Master of Science
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Department of Plant and Soil Sciences
Okra (Abelmoschus esculentis) is a warm weather vegetable crop with seed characteristics similar to cotton. Putative similarities between these crops make okra a potential candidate as a biodiesel feedstock. The objectives of this research are to determine an optimal inter and intra-row spacing combination to maximize seed yield, and determine optimal plant characteristics for seed yield, oil production, and fatty acid profiles. Data indicated treatments of (22.86 x 7.62, 22.86 x 22.86, and 45.72 x 30.48 cm) were better than 91.44 x 15.24 cm with respect to seed yield, although, 45.72 x 30.48 and 91.44 x 15.24 cm are the same plant population. Variety trials indicated that Annie Oakley II produced substantial seed and oil yields of 3547 kg ha-1 and 1376 L ha-1, respectively in 2009. Data indicated palmitic, linoleic, and linolenic acids to be the primary constituents of okraseed oil.
Sandlin, Tyler Neal, "Row spacing and population density effect on seed yield of okra and seed oil as a source of biodiesel" (2011). Theses and Dissertations MSU. 3842.