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<div class="definition"><div class="short_definition">(''Also called'' thermometric constant.) The quantity of [[heat]] required to complete  some stage, or the whole, of a plant's growth.</div><br/> <div class="paragraph">It was first investigated by R&#x000e9;aumur about 1735, using the sum of the mean daily temperatures.  It may also be measured by the sum of air temperatures above some standard such as 42&#x000b0;F (<br/>''see''  [[degree-day]]). In modern [[agricultural climatology]] this concept has been largely abandoned in  favor of complex influence factors such as [[evapotranspiration]]. It has also been established that  soil temperatures at or somewhat below 10 cm are more important for plant growth than [[air  temperature]].</div><br/> </div>
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<div class="definition"><div class="short_definition">(''Also called'' thermometric constant.) The quantity of [[heat]] required to complete  some stage, or the whole, of a plant's growth.</div><br/> <div class="paragraph">It was first investigated by R&#x000e9;aumur about 1735, using the sum of the mean daily temperatures.  It may also be measured by the sum of air temperatures above some standard such as 42&#x000b0;F (<br/>''see''  [[degree-day]]). In modern [[agricultural climatology]] this concept has been largely abandoned in  favor of complex influence factors such as [[evapotranspiration]]. It has also been established that  soil temperatures at or somewhat below 10 cm are more important for plant growth than [[air temperature|air  temperature]].</div><br/> </div>
 
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Latest revision as of 18:05, 25 April 2012



thermal constant

(Also called thermometric constant.) The quantity of heat required to complete some stage, or the whole, of a plant's growth.

It was first investigated by Réaumur about 1735, using the sum of the mean daily temperatures. It may also be measured by the sum of air temperatures above some standard such as 42°F (
see degree-day). In modern agricultural climatology this concept has been largely abandoned in favor of complex influence factors such as evapotranspiration. It has also been established that soil temperatures at or somewhat below 10 cm are more important for plant growth than air temperature.