Dr. Nicolette Taylor


Dr. Nicolette Taylor 


Senior Lecturer


Contact details

Office: Agricultural Building 5-30

E-mail – [email protected]

Tel: 012 420 3666

My research interests include water use, water relations and modelling water use of fruit tree species. I am currently involved in research projects on citrus, apple, avocado, macadamia and pecan water use. This involves quantifying transpiration using sap flow systems and evapotranspiration with micrometeorological methods and the driving variables for water use. Ecophysiological measurements (leaf and stem water potential, stomatal conductance and photosynthesis) are also conducted to understand the control over transpiration by the tree. I am also interested in the carbon partitioning dynamics in low chill peach cultivars grown in areas with warm springs. I collaborate with the University of Stellenbosch, University of KwaZulu-Natal and the CSIR.


Reeksting BJ, Taylor NJ, van den Berg N. 2014. Flooding and Phytophthora cinnamomi: Effects on photosynthesis and chlorophyll fluorescence in shoots of non-grafted Persea Americana (Mill.) rootstocks differing in tolerance to Phytophthora root rot. S. Afr. J Bot. 95: 40-53

Taylor NJ, Mahohoma W, Vahrmeijer JT, Gush MB, Allen RG, Annandale JG. 2015. Crop coefficient approaches based on fixed estimates of leaf resistance are not appropriate for estimating water use of citrus. Irrigation Science 33: 153-166

Madamombe G, Tesfamariam E, Taylor NJ. 2015. Yield decline in mechanically harvested tea (Camellia sinensis (L.) O. Kuntze) as influenced by changes in source/sink and radiation interception dynamics in the canopy. Scientia Horticulturae 194: 286-294

Ibraimo NA, Taylor NJ, Steyn JM, Gush MB, Annandale JG. 2016. Estimating water use of mature pecan orchards: A six stage crop growth curve approach. Agricultural Water Management 177: 359-368

Dzikiti, S., Volschenk, T., Midgley, S.J.E., Lötze, E., Taylor, N.J., Gush, M.B., Ntshidi, Z., Zirebwa, S.F., Doko, Q., Schmeisser, M. and Jarmain, C., 2018. Estimating the water requirements of high yielding and young apple orchards in the winter rainfall areas of South Africa using a dual source evapotranspiration model. Agricultural Water Management, 208: 152-162.



Research gate - https://www.researchgate.net/profile/N_Taylor

Orcid ID - https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2912-4416

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