African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6253

AJAR Articles

August 2019

Genetic diversity of cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz) varieties grown in Daloa district in Central-Western Côte d'Ivoire

Cassava is an important staple food in Côte d'Ivoire produced in several areas including the Daloa district in Central-Western Region. However, this plant experiences biotic and abiotic constraints that strongly limit its productivity. Proper knowledge of genetic diversity is important to mitigate these constraints and select resistant and well adapted genotypes to increase the productivity. This study...

Author(s): Flora Yao, Mathurin Koffi, Innocent Abe, Bernardin Ahouty, Siriki Simaro, Ibrahim Konaté, Barkissa Traore, Edwige Sokouri, Martial N’Djetchi, Thomas Konan  and Tidou A. Sanogo  

August 2019

Parent-offspring regression, correlation and genetic advance of drought and yield traits at early generation in groundnut (Arachis hypogaea L.)

A study was carried out to estimate the parent-offspring regression and correlation and, to determine genetic advance of yield and drought related traits of groundnut at early segregating populations. All the experiments were conducted in the dry season 2015/2016 at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics ICRISAT Samanko, Mali under full irrigation and drought stress conditions. The data...

Author(s): Ousmane Sanogo, Pangirayi B. Tongoona, Kwadwo Ofori, Samuel K. Offei and Haile Desmae  

August 2019

The trade of the cattle fair in alagoas’ agreste:a description of this step of the comercialization process

This paper presents a descriptive study about the economic activity in cattle fairs from Alagoas’ countryside, Brazil, through visits in loco, application of questionnaires and secondary data obtained from Adeal in the two main fairs on Alagoas’ countryside, Brazil. The objective was to study the quantity of animals in the events, identifying the marketing channel and its segments, the negotiation volume and...

Author(s): José Adeilton da Silva Filho, André Maia Gomes Lages, José Crisólogo de Sales Silva, Conceição Maria Dias de Lima and Luciano Celso Brandão Guerreiro Barbosa  

August 2019

Transpiration, water extraction, and root distribution of Tahiti lime (Citrus latifolia Tanaka) plant under different micro-sprinkler placements

Measurements of transpiration in cultivated plants are of utmost importance, especially in semi-arid regions where there is low water availability with this, the present work aimed to determine daily transpiration, root distribution, and soil water extraction of ‘Tahiti’ lime plant under different micro-sprinkler placements in semi-arid conditions of northern Minas Gerais state. We assessed soil water...

Author(s): Welson Lima Simões, Eugenio Ferreira Coelho, Mauricio Antonio Coelho Filho, Miguel Julio Machado Guimarães, Marcelo Rocha dos Santos and Edio Luiz da Costa  

August 2019

Farmers’ perception of the parasitic weed Alectra vogelii Benth. and their cowpea varietal preferences in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso was the third largest cowpea [Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp.] producing country in West Africa in 2017. Cowpea is the fourth leading staple grain legume crop produced in the country. However, its production is hampered by several constraints, among which parasitic weeds are some of the most devastating. Alectra vogelii Benth. and Striga gesnerioides Wild Vatke are the main parasitic weeds in cowpea production...

Author(s): DIENI Zakaria, BATIENO T. Benoit Joseph, ILBOUDO Dieudonné, TIGNEGRE Jean-Baptiste De La Salle, BAMA B. Hervé, ZIDA M. W. Felicien Serge, ZONGO Hamadou, SIDIBE Hamadou, PODA S. Léandre, TRAORE Karidiatou and OUEDRAOGO T. Jeremy  

August 2019

Impact of tsetse and trypanosomiasis control on poverty: A case of Pate Island of Lamu County, Kenya

The livestock rearing households of Pate Island in Lamu County of the Northern Coast of Kenya had been participating in the control of tsetse flies and trypanosomiasis. The objective of this study was to estimate the change in household wealth index resulting from tsetse and trypanosomiasis control. The study was conducted on 254 project households and 282 non-project households in the County. Using structured...

Author(s): Seth Onyango, Sabina Mukoya-Wangia, Josiah Kinama and Pamela Olet  

August 2019

Prospects and challenges of agro-industry in Bangladesh: An agripreneur view

Agriculture sector plays an important role in overall economic development of Bangladesh. A plurality of Bangladeshis earns their living from agriculture. Agriculture is the largest employment sector in Bangladesh. Bangladesh is a fertile agrarian country where agriculture and its related branches have been acting as the main livelihood of major portion of citizen since independence. Agro-industry is playing...

Author(s): Dhanonjoy Kumar  

August 2019

Chemical composition of Urochloa brizantha depending on the seasons and cutting frequencies

The aim of this research was to assess the chemical composition of Brachiaria brizantha cv. Piatã variety and to determine which cutting frequency is the most suitable for autumn, winter and spring. The experimental design adopted was the completely randomized in factorial scheme with plots subdivided in time. Each plot consisted of four cutting frequencies (21, 28, 35 and 42 days between cuts) and sub plots were...

Author(s): José Augusto Velazquez Duarte, Marco Antonio Previdelli Orrico Junior, Nivaldo Passos de Azevedo Junior, Fernando Miranda de Vargas Junior, Denise Baptaglin Montagner, Poliana Campos Burin, Gustavo Daniel Vega Britez Marcos Arturo Ferreira Aguero, Nelson David Lesmo Duarte and Wilfrido Meza Giménez  

August 2019

Quantifying the response of different maturity groups of maize (Zea mays L.) supplementary irrigation in the Sudan Savannah of Nigeria

Field trials were conducted during the 2014 rainy season under rainfed and supplementary irrigation conditions to study the response of different maturity groups of maize to supplementary irrigation in the Sudan savannah. The treatments consisted of three early (2009 EVDT, 1999 EVDT and TZECOMP5W), one late (TZL COMP1SYN), one intermediate (IWDC2SYN) and one extra early (2009 TZEE) maturing maize varieties which were...

Author(s): Ismail Ibrahim Garba, Adnan Aminu Adnan and Abdulwahab Salisu Shaibu  

August 2019

Effect of tillage and mulching on agronomics performances of maize and soil chemical properties in Linsinlin Watershed of Centre of Benin

Soil conservation has become an important aspect in achieving food security. The objective of this study is to assess the effect of two agricultural practices on the agronomic performance of maize and the chemical properties of soil. A field experiment was carried out on loamy-sand soil using Fisher Block design. Tillage systems and mulching significantly affected maize growth and yield components. The interactive...

Author(s): Akplo Tobi Moriaque, Kouelo Alladassi Félix, Azontonde Hessou Anastase, Houngnandan Pascal, Benmansour Moncef, Rabesiranana Naivo and Mabit Lionel  

August 2019

Adaptability and stability of saccharine sorghum cultivars

The Brazilian bioenergy sector has been trying the use of saccharine sorghum in order to optimize ethanol production. However, there are few varieties fitted to this objective and little knowledge about their adaptability and stability. Then, the purpose of this work was to study the adaptability and stability of saccharine sorghum, taking into account the effects of the G x E interaction, to select superior genotypes...

Author(s): Guilherme Cassicala Eculica, Pedro César de Oliveira Ribeiro, Aluízio Borém de Oliveira, Nádia Nardelly Lacerda Durães Parrella, Pakizza Sherma da Silva Leite and Rafael Augusto da Costa Parrella  

July 2019

Is silicon capable to affect the photosynthetic performance of green maize plants?

Green maize (Zea mays L.) is a cultivated species of significant importance in the agricultural scene. The literature reports that Si has been used as an alternative option for sustainable agricultural systems. We examined the hypothesis that this beneficial element will improve the photosynthetic performance and biological productivity of crop plants, under field conditions, without nutritional stress. In this context,...

Author(s): Raquel Caroline dos Santos, Marta Donato de Souza, Giovana Michele da Cruz and Daniel Baron  

July 2019

Genetic variability of yam based on quantitative descriptors

Yam is a promising income source for small producers in the Recôncavo Baiano region. However, few genetic studies have been conducted with this culture. In this sense, the aim of this study was to assess genetic variability among 89 genotypes of yam (Dioscorea rotundata Poir.) collected in four municipalities in Bahia State, Brazil. These were assessed based on eight quantitative descriptors. Data were subjected...

Author(s): Virgílio Carménia Cossa, Elaine Costa Cerqueira-Pereira, Darcilúcia Oliveira do Carmo de Almeida, Carlos Alberto da Silva Ledo and Ricardo Franco Cunha Moreira  

July 2019

Physiological responses of operators to handle vibration of diesel-fueled single-axle tractor

Hand-arm transmitted vibration originating from a 15 horsepower single-axle tractor can be very strong and cause operator fatigue plus various physiological disorders in vascular, neurological, and musculoskeletal systems. The objective of this work was to measure the characteristics of such hand-transmitted vibrations and its effect on the health of the single-axle tractor operator, in a research program conducted at...

Author(s): Siraj K. Busse, Anthony N. Sinclair, Diresibachew H. Wondimu and Daniel T. Redda  

July 2019

Physiological potential of lettuce seeds crespa

The present work aimed to evaluate the germination, emergence, vigor and initial development of lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.) cultivars. Nine cultivars belonging to the crespa group, Cinderella, Monica SF 31, Mimosa (Salad Bowl), Veneranda, Brava, Cerbiatta (Catalonha), Itapua Super, Itaúna Prisée, Simpson and Vitória de Verão were used. The experiment was conducted to ensure the accuracy of...

Author(s): Wesley Oliveira de Assis, João Luciano de Andrade Melo Junior, Luan Danilo Ferreira de Andrade Melo, Reinaldo de Alencar Paes, João Correia de Araújo Neto, Lucas dos Santos Medeiros, Larice Bruna Ferreira Soares, Rayanne Thalita de Almeida Souza, Sara Camylla de Moura Assis, Lívia Francyne Gomes Chaves, Ana Caroline de Melo Morais and José Jairo Florentino Cordeiro Junior  

July 2019

Changes in livelihood strategies and animal husbandry practices of pastoralists in the sub-humid zone of West Africa

Migration to and sedentarization in the sub-humid zone of Burkina Faso has become a major adaptation measure of Sahelian pastoralists to the severe droughts and in response to a rapidly changing socio-economic environment. This study is aimed at assessing livelihoods and livestock husbandry practices as a consequence of pastoralist sedentarization. The study sites were located in the Sudano-Sahelian and Sudanian zone of...

Author(s): Nouhoun Zampaligré, Dominique Ouedraogo, Claudious Chikozho, Louis Sawadogo and Eva Schlecht  

July 2019

Comparison of proximate, mineral and phytochemical composition of enset (Ensete ventricosum (Welw.) Cheesman) landraces used for a different purpose

Enset (Ensete ventricosum (Welw.) Cheesman) is one of the oldest cultivated food security crops in Ethiopia. There are a number of enset landraces used for traditional medicine. These landraces are believed to have better minerals and phytochemical compositions, which are not proved scientifically. The objective of this study was to compare the proximate, mineral and phytochemical compositions of corms of enset...

Author(s): Gizachew Woldesenbet Nuraga, Tileye Feyissa, Sebsebe Demissew, Kassahun Tesfaye, and Ashagrie Zewdu Woldegiorgis  

July 2019

Physico-chemical characterization and kinetics of drying of organic yellow bell pepper (Capsicum annuum L.)

The bell pepper has many qualities, but it has a high water content, favoring the occurrence of deteriorating reactions and the growth of microorganisms; however, it is possible to use drying as a conservation method. The objective of this study is to perform the kinetics of organic yellow bell pepper drying at different drying air temperatures, to adjust the data obtained to the empirical models and to evaluate the...

Author(s): Newton Carlos Santos, Sâmela Leal Barros, Semirames do Nascimento Silva, Victor Hebert de Alcântara Ribeiro, Mylena Olga Pessoa Melo, Wilton Pereira da Silva, Raphael Lucas Jacinto Almeida, Tamires dos Santos Pereira, Ana Júlia de Brito Araújo, Josivanda Palmeira Gomes, Amanda Priscila Silva Nascimento, Virgínia Mirtes de Alcântara Silva and Danise Medeiros Vieira  

July 2019

Effect of cropping system, seed treatment and planting date on Striga hermonthica infetstaion and growth and yield of sorghum

Striga hermonthica is a serious biotic constraint to sorghum production in sub-Saharan Africa but the use of cropping system, seed treatment and appropriate planting dates might help to control the weed. Two years trial was conducted at the Federal University of Technology Minna research farm. The objective was to evaluate the effect of intercropping system, seed treatment, and planting date in integrated management of...

Author(s): Mamudu, A. Y., Baiyeri, K. P. and Echezona, B. C  

July 2019

Light effects on growth and essential oil quantity and constituents in some Apiaceae plants

The Apiaceae family known for vegetable crops rich in essential oils, includes numerous genera of high medicinal and economic value. This study investigates the effects of red and far-red light treatments through the dark period (night-break), on the growth characteristics, essential oil quantity and composition, in Coriandrum sativum L., Anethum graveolens L., and Petroselinum crispum. Treatments began 20 days after...

Author(s): Abdulaziz Abdullah Alsahli  

July 2019

Effects of conservation tillage on maize (Zea mays L.) and beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) chlorophyll, sugars and yields in humic nitisols soils of Embu County, Kenya

An experiment was conducted to determine the effects of conservation tillage (CT) practices on leaf chlorophyll content, sugars and yields of Zea mays L. and Phaseolus vulgaris L. for two consecutive cropping seasons at the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization farm in Embu County, Kenya. The experimental design was a Randomized Complete Block Design with 9 treatments replicated 3 times. The treatments...

Author(s): Joseph Kyalo Munyao, Moses Hungu Gathaara and   Alfred Ngera Micheni  

July 2019

Enhancing agricultural research within West Africa using sensor-based technologies

The global population of the world is on an exponential increase, expected to surpass 9 billion by the year 2050. This places a huge demand on food securities and the need to address the challenges facing food security. Sensor-based techniques [e.g., Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy] have enhanced the understanding and diagnosis of several disease conditions, including cancers and are increasingly being applied...

Author(s): Blessing Obinaju Effiong  

July 2019

Chemical attributes of the soil and agronomic characteristics of maize as a monocrop and intercropped with herbaceous and woody legumes in the savannah of Roraima, Brazil

Several studies seek to identify management systems that promote an increase in soil quality. As such, the aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of combinations of herbaceous and woody legumes on the productivity of green maize and the chemical attributes of the soil. The research was developed over two crop years (2016 and 2017). The experimental design was of randomized complete blocks with three replications...

Author(s): Evair Marcelo Queiroz da Silva, Jandiê Araújo da Silva, Járisson Cavalcante Nunes, Carlos Francisco Salgado Barroso, Edmilson Evangelista da Silva and Marcelo Barbosa Gomes Neto  

July 2019

Efficiency of Cajanus cajan in different sowing densities on soil compacting

This research conducted in the District of Concepción, Concepción Department, Paraguay, involved the use of a randomized complete block design consisting of four treatments and five repetitions. The general objective was to evaluate the effect of Cajanus cajan L. species with different planting densities on soil compaction and as specific objectives; measure the compaction of the soil at the beginning and...

Author(s): Lugo Pereira W. D., López Avalos D. F., Aguilar De La Cueva F. G., Morel López E., Valdez Ocampo F. D., Ruiz Diaz E. D., Mongelos Barrios C. A., Pistilli De Franco R. E., Caballero Casuriaga O., Sánchez M. A. and Melgarejo Arrúa M. A.  

July 2019

Assessment of pre and post-harvest management practices on coffee (Coffea arabica L.) quality determining factors in Gedeo zone, Southern Ethiopia

In Gedeo zone, coffee quality is declining from time to time due to several improper pre and post-harvest management practices. Therefore, this study was designed with the objective of assessing impact of pre and post-harvest management practices on Coffea arabica L. quality determining factors in Gedeo zone, Southern Ethiopia. Totally, 90 household respondents were used from three Woredas and selected purposively....

Author(s): Kidist Teshome, Zerihun Girma and Biniam Eshetu  

July 2019

Effect of weed management with glyphosate on growth and early yield of young cocoa (Theobroma cacao L.) in Ghana

Weeds are a limitation to cocoa production, and herbicide use in cocoa cultivation is known to lower the cost of weed management and support better plant growth. As a result, glyphosate was recommended for use in cocoa cultivation following a two-year field trial at the Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana. Recent informal debates among scientists and farmers, however, point towards a disagreement regarding the effect of...

Author(s): S. Konlan, A. K Quaye, P. Pobee, F. Amon-Armah, J. A Dogbatse, A. Arthur, R. Fiakpornu and R. Dogbadzi  

July 2019

Evaluation of the Papaya´s maturation degree by electrical impedance

The economic importance of Papaya for fruit producers reinforces the idea of alternative (non-invasive and low cost) strategies to measure fruit ripening. In this work, it has been evaluated the kinetics of ripening degree of Papaya based on alternative and non-invasive electrical impedance method that is compared with conventional techniques (mechanical assays, determination of total soluble solids and titratable...

Author(s): Acácio Figueiredo Neto, Erlon Rabelo Cordeiro, Nelson Cárdenas Olivier, Lígia Borges Marinho, David Yuri Nunes Morais and Helinando Pequeno de Oliveira  

July 2019

Sustainable intensifications of African agriculture through legume-based cropping and Brachiaria forage systems

Legume-based cropping system and Brachiaria forage system could play a significant role in enhancing food and nutrition security and sustainable intensifications of African agriculture. To reveal this potential, a comprehensive review of literatures and assessment was performed using key indicators in relation to food and nutrition quality, agro-ecological services and socioeconomic benefits. The key indicators for...

Author(s): Tesfai M., Njarui D. M. G. and Ghimire S. R.  

July 2019

Effect of silver nitrate on shoot multiplication, rooting induction and plantlet characteristics of St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum L.) in vitro culture

St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum L.) is one of the introduced medicinal plants that have medicinal uses for anti-depressant. Germplasm conservation of St. John’s wort has been conducted at the laboratory for over ten years and plantlets showed a rosette growth. Therefore, laboratory investigations are necessary to be done to have better methods for obtaining normal growth of culture. In this study, we...

Author(s): Sitti Fatimah Syahid and Sri Wahyuni  

July 2019

Screening of rice germplasms under salt stress by phenotypic and molecular markers

The evaluation of salinity tolerance of rice germplasms based on phenotype and genotype of 100 rice germplasm was identified at the seedling stage at the High Agricultural Technology Research Institute for Mekong Delta, Vietnam. Screening of the phenotype was done with 30 day old seedlings using salinized concentrations (EC = 8 and 15 dS/m). Results show that the growth of the varieties, the higher the salt...

Author(s): Nguyen Thị Lang, Pham Thi Thu Ha, Nguyen Thu Tra and Bui Chi Buu  

July 2019

Effects of NPK and plant tea manure (Tithonia diversifolia) on growth rate of amaranth (Amaranthus cruentus L.) in soilless growing media

Many countries are running short of agricultural land. Even where land appears to be available, soil fertility, water availability as well as nutrient mining still remains a challenge yet at the same time the world’s demand for food is rapidly increasing. Millions of square meters of soil are mined each year for use in vegetable nurseries and in backyard gardens in addition to excessive use of inorganic...

Author(s): Roseline Chemutai, Julius Mwine, Richard Awichi and Godfrey Bwogi  

July 2019

Drought tolerance assessment of melon germplasm searching for adaptation to climate change

Shortage of irrigation water at critical melon growth stages can be the most important limiting factor in the future due to climate change, especially in the Mediterranean region. Apart from the improvement of irrigation systems and crop management, the development of drought tolerant cultivars by genetic breeding is the best solution to achieve stable yields. Screening germplasm collections is a prerequisite for that....

Author(s): Haitham M. A. Elsayed,  Rosa M. Peiró, Belén Picó and  Cristina Esteras  

June 2019

Organic production and its market support policies

Populations around the world, especially in developed countries, have adopted a more conscious food consumption than that practiced conventionally, in their search for a better quality of life. In this scenario of concern about food, the organic products market is highlighted in the face of the high consumption of food produced with agrochemicals and agricultural inputs. In the last few years, there has been a...

Author(s): Gabriela Oshiro Reynaldo, Paula Martin de Moraes, Leandro Skowronski, Gabriel Paes Herrera, Rildo Vieira de Araújo, Michel Constantino, and Reginaldo Brito Costa,  

June 2019

Integration of tree crops and pastures: Literature review

Sustainable rural development, integration, and interaction of the livestock, agricultural and forestry components can contribute to reducing the impacts of the productive sector in the environment. In forest environments, plant biomass (mainly of trees) is the main reservoir of mineral nutrients. The forest presence contributes to the elevation of mineral nutrient concentrations in the soil, through leaf deposition....

Author(s): Hammarstrom Dobler Guilherme and Bianchi Vidica  

June 2019

Yam (Dioscorea spp.) production trends in Cameroon: A review

Yam (Dioscorea spp.) cultivation has the potentials to greatly contribute to poverty alleviation and food security, in Cameroon. The full production potentials of yams have not been exploited, leaving Cameroon with an annual production of 648,407 metric tons (MT) at the sixth position, among the six countries of the West African yam zone, with 67.3 million MT. This review highlights research gaps in the yam production...

Author(s): Ignatius Nkendem Azeteh, Rachid Hanna, Pierre Nekongo Sakwe, Achiangia Patrick Njukeng and P. Lava Kumar  

June 2019

Sensory profile of coffees of different cultivars, plant exposure and post-harvest

The processes of maturation, harvest and post-harvest coffee of are strictly related to the physical and chemical modifications that can affect the sensorial quality of the coffee, being decisive factors in the choice of the appropriate management to reach the desired quality standard. The objective of this research was to identify the sensorial attributes of the Coffee Association of American (SCAA) protocol of coffee...

Author(s): Bruno Batista Ribeiro, Alex Mendonça de Carvalho, Marcelo Ângelo Cirillo, Francisco Mickael de Medeiros Câmara and Fernanda Faria Montanari  

June 2019

Tenure security, investment and the productivity of agricultural farms in the communal area of Kavango West Region of Namibia: Any evidence of causality

The study determines whether there are causal influences amongst the decision to apply for leasehold land right, investment, and livestock farm productivity in the Kavango West Region of Namibia. Various econometrics models have been used to model these relationships in the literature. However, there is a growing concern that methods which do not explicitly account for the endogeneity of regressors and which are used to...

Author(s): Uchezuba, D, Amaambo, P. and Mbai, S  

June 2019

Application of GIS in pig production system in Nigeria

This study aimed to identify the pig producers across various administrative regions and to determine the pig production system in Nigeria through an intensive survey of pig farms with the use of Global Positioning System (GPS). Categorization of farms by proportion in Nigeria showed that 81.1% of states had very low (<5) and low (5 to 50) number of pig farms, 8.1% of states had medium (50 to 100) number of pig farms...

Author(s): Taiwo Omodele, Isaiah Annayochukwu Okere, Mutiu Olakunle Oladele-Bukola, Adeboye Joseph Omole and Ajoke Oyegbami  

June 2019

Composting coffee pulp with Minjingu phosphate rock improves phosphorus availability for tomato uptake

A glasshouse experiment was conducted to evaluate the effect of composting coffee pulp with phosphate rock on phosphorus (P) availability for plant uptake. Coffee pulps composted with or without phosphate rock and Minjingu phosphate rock applied alone were evaluated as source of P for tomato growing on a Chromic Acrisol. All P sources were applied at varying rates of 0, 20, 40, 60, 80 and 100 mg P kg-1 and all other...

Author(s): Mawazo J. Shitindi and Jerome P. Mrema  

June 2019

Association mapping for flag leaf thickness in an indica rice population from South China

Flag leaf is the most important source of photosynthate for developing rice grains, and flag leaf thickness is an important morphological trait in rice plant-type breeding programs. In the present study, we carried out association mapping for flag leaf thickness in a local rice population which consisted of 86 cultivars derived from breeding programs and planted in large areas in South China. Phenotyping was conducted...

Author(s): Chuanguang Liu, Dagang Chen, Xinqiao Zhou, Jie Guo, Juchang Li, Lijun Li and Youding Chen ,  

June 2019

Genotype and environment interaction effect on yield and yield components in Desi-type Chickpea [Cicer arietinum (L.)]

Chickpea is the major pulse crop cultivated in Ethiopia. However, its production is constrained due to genotype instability and environmental variability.  This research was carried out to examine the magnitude of environmental effect on yield of chickpea genotypes and to investigate the stability and adaptability of genotypes under different agro-ecologies.  Twelve genotypes evaluated in randomized complete...

Author(s): Desalegn Negasa Soresa and Pichiah Gomathi Nayagam  

June 2019

Evaluation of lentil varieties and seedbed types for the management of lentil Fusarium wilt disease (Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. lentis) in central highlands of Ethiopia

An experiment was conducted at Chefe Donsa naturally infested field with Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. lentis in order to evaluate the effect of lentil genotypes and seedbed types as components of integrated management option. A factorial experiment including lentil variety and seedbed type, each at four levels, was carried out in a split-plot design with three replications. The four lentil genotypes were ILL-590...

Author(s): Tolesa Bedasa and Asrat Zewdie  

June 2019

Assessment of Yield and Yield Related Traits in Durum Wheat (Triticum Turgidum) Genotypes in Northern Ethiopia

The main objective of this study was to evaluate 21 durum wheat genotypes for grain yield and agronomic traits under rain fed condition in three districts of Axum Agricultural Research Center, namely Hatsebo, Tahtay-Maichew and Ahferom during 2014 cropping season. Completely randomized block design with three replications was conducted for each location. The result of analysis of variance indicated that there was a...

Author(s): Berhanu Meles and Haftamu Hailekiros  

June 2019

Cowpea (Vigna unguiculata (L.)Walp., Fabaceae) landrace (local farmers’ varieties) diversity and ethnobotany in Southwestern and Eastern parts of Ethiopia

The present research was carried out to identify and document the landrace diversity and ethnobotanical uses of cowpea (Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp) (Fabaceae) in Southwestern and Eastern Ethiopia. Data were collected through field observations, semi-structured interviews, guided field walk with cowpea farmers and users, and market surveys. Descriptive statistics, preference ranking and informant consensus were employed...

Author(s): Sisay Alemu, Mulugeta Alemu, Zemede Asfaw, Zerihun Woldu and Berhanu Amsalu Fenta  

June 2019

Effects of fungicide application and different nitrogen fertilizer levels on yield components of three varieties of common bean Phaseolus vulgaris L.

In Cameroon, common bean is produced and highly consumed as a source of protein and means of generating income by small farm holders. However, diseases like angular leaf spot caused by Phaeoisariopsis griseola (Sacc), poor agronomic practices and low soil fertility are negatively impacting the production of the crop. A field experiment was conducted under natural conditions in the University of Dschang during the 2017...

Author(s): Sanyang S. F., Tankou C., Yaouba A. and Kinge T. R.  

June 2019

Exploring the induction of doubled haploids in cassava through gynogenesis

Production and use of double haploids is important for attainment of systematic genetic gains, and indeed several plant breeding programmes have benefited from it.  Gynogenesis, the in vitro culture of unfertilized ovules and/or embryos has specifically been exploited in several economically important crops but not cassava. In this study, we examined possibilities of generating doubled haploids (DH) in cassava...

Author(s): Julius Karubanga Baguma, Robert Kawuki, Ssetumba B. Mukasa, Mary Buttibwa, Polycarp Nalela, Maurine Eyokia, Brenda Oshaba, Zaida Lentini and Yona Baguma  

June 2019

Gas exchange in upland cotton cultivars under water deficit strategies

Aiming to evaluate the gas exchange of upland cotton cultivars cultivated in the Brazilian semiarid, subject to water deficit periods on the phenological stages, an experiment was carried out at the Campina Grande Federal University, Pombal county campus, Paraíba State, Brazil, between June and December 2015. Treatments were formed from a split-plot arrangement, in which the plots were 6 water deficit periods (P)...

Author(s): Whéllyson Pereira Araújo, José Rodrigues Pereira, João Henrique Zonta, Hugo Orlando Carvallo Guerra, Mailson Araújo Cordão and Marcos Eric Barbosa Brito  

June 2019

Fiber quality in upland cotton cultivars under water deficit strategies

An evaluation was made of upland cotton cultivar fiber quality, when subjected to water deficit periods, on the phenological stages. The experiment was carried out at the Campina Grande Federal University, Pombal county Campus, Paraíba State, Brazil, between June and December 2015. Treatments were formed using a split-plot arrangement, in which the plots were 6 water deficit periods (P) (P1 = No deficit; P2 =...

Author(s): Whéllyson Pereira Araújo, José Rodrigues Pereira, João Henrique Zonta, Hugo Orlando Carvallo Guerra, Mailson Araújo Cordão and Robson Felipe de Lima  

June 2019

Thermal comfort estimation for dairy cows in the south of Goiás State, Brazil

The objective of this research was to analyze the correlation between climatic and milk composition variables. Thus, meteorological data and data on milk quality and composition (fat, protein, lactose, total solids content and defatted dry extract (DDE)) were used, as well as somatic cell count (SCC). The analysis was performed using the Pearson correlation test. After the study, it was verified that the temperature...

Author(s): Larissa Mendes Cruvinel, Larissa Christina de Paula, Eliandra Maria Bianchini Oliveira, Tiago Neves Pereira Valente, Mateus Sobral de Araújo, Jeferson Corrêa Ribeiro, and  Wallacy Barbacena Rosa dos Santos,  

May 2019

Market preferences for cowpea (Vigna unguiculata [L.] Walp) dry grain in Ghana

Cowpea is an important crop in Ghana, serving as a major source of calories and high-quality protein for many people. An understanding of market preferences is necessary when targeting research and breeding efforts. This study makes use of data from 562 samples of cowpea dry grain collected from 91 markets across Ghana, analyzed using the hedonic model framework, to determine implicit prices of characteristics,...

Author(s): Ira A. Herniter, Zhenyu Jia and Francis Kusi  

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