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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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Natural Resources Canada warned last fall that while the impact is greatest on Quebec's North Shore and in the Gaspe and Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, where 7 million hectares have been defoliated, budworm has been spotted in New Brunswick and may spread to the Acadian Forest.
Presumably less assimilates are produced and distributed to organs of the plants that have been defoliated especially the root systems which is the site of protein synthesis.
1992) studied similar response of Cenchrus ciliaris and reported that maximum number of tillers was found in plots defoliated at the end of growing season.
Since 1981, an estimated 38 million hectares of forest in North America have been defoliated by the gypsy moth.
Fortunately most trees were not uprooted, but many were defoliated.
We hypothesized lower values for root length density (RLD) and percentage vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhizal (%VAM) colonization on defoliated than on undefoliated plants, and also greater values for RLD and %VAM colonization on defoliated and undefoliated plants of S.
Snipes and Baskin (1994) conducted a study where treatments were defoliated after 20, 40, 60, and 80% of the bolls were open and report yield losses and decreases in micronaire resulting from early defoliation.
Four treatments (the number of leaves defoliated every week 0, 10, 15, and 20) were randomly assigned to pots and replicated four times in a randomized complete block design.
Week after week in my defoliated chest I hear Dan Rather a week too soon or a week too late.
Until the first experiment in December 1995, the pasture was mechanically defoliated and the herbage was removed from the site.