Potential pesticides are of course evaluated for their efficacy against pests, but the grower must also be concerned with the effects on the plant. Our studies have evaluated the effects of oils on plant respiration, photosynthesis, transpiration and phytotoxicity.
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Effect of soybean oil on photosynthesis and aphids of apple
Applying soybean oil to dormant peach trees alters internal atmosphere, reduces respiration, delays bloom, and thins flower buds pdf | html
Cold damage of apple buds and spur following treatment with dormant oil
Comparison of dormant applications of petroleum and soybean oil on apple bud development