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defoliate

(of a plant) having shed its leaves

defoliate

[dē′fō·lē‚āt]
(botany)
To remove leaves or cause leaves to fall, especially prematurely.
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The NDF and ADF concentrations in each binary mixture under 5x were the most uniform across the growing season, however CP concentration tended to increase with each subsequent defoliation (Figure 1).
Forage quality of the SB binary mixture under 3x and 4x improved with subsequent defoliation more than the KBG and OG mixtures.
In our study, smooth bromegrass was not eliminated from mixtures with kura clover by short and frequent defoliation, but productivity was greatly reduced after 3 years.
Since kura clover stems elongate only in the first crop and regrowth after defoliation is relatively slower than alfalfa, it is less competitive with smooth bromegrass regrowth.