Journal of
Horticulture and Forestry

  • Abbreviation: J. Hortic. For.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-9782
  • DOI: 10.5897/JHF
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 286

JHF Articles

Growth and survival rate of endemic trees of Ethiopia: Olea africana and Hagenia abysinicca in Lake Haramaya Watershed, Eastern Ethiopia

May 2017

The study was conducted to explore the growth and survival rate of the native tree species of Ethiopia, Olea africana and Hagenia abysinicca in Lake Haramaya Watershed, Eastern Ethiopia. Three sub watersheds of Lake Haramaya Watershed, namely, Bachake, Damota, and Tinike were selected purposefully on the basis of their extreme degradation and nearby vanished Lake Haramaya. In each sub watersheds, a total of about 12...

Author(s): Eba Muluneh Sorecha

Farmyard manure and intra-row spacing on yield and yield components of Adama Red onion (Allium cepa L.) cultivar under irrigation in Gewane District, Afar Region, Ethiopia

May 2017

A field experiment was conducted at Gewane Agricultural Technical and Vocational Education and Training College in 2012/2013 to assess effect of farmyard manure and intra-row spacing on yield and yield components of Adama Red onion (Allium cepa L.) cultivar under irrigation.  Factorial combination of four rates of farmyard manure (0, 10, 20 and 30 t ha-1) and four levels of intra-row spacing (7.5, 10, 12.5 and 15...

Author(s): Derajew Asres Mekonnen, Fikreyohannes Gedamu Mihretu and Kebede Woldetsadik

Survey on distribution and significance of White Mango scale (Aulacaspis tubercularis) in Bench-Maji Zone, Southwest Ethiopia

April 2017

This research was initiated following the outbreak of Aulacaspis tubercularis in bench Maji zone with the objective to assess information about occurrence and extent of pest infestation and distribution. Informal survey was conducted first to have a better insight and identify the major pest infested areas. Accordingly, three infested Kebeles namely, Otowa chole, Kuja and Berji in Guraferda woreda were purposefully...

Author(s): Tsegaye Babege, Bewuketu Haile and Awalom Hailu

Characterization of potato production, marketing, and utilization in North Western Amhara Region, Ethiopia

March 2017

Characterization of potato production, marketing and utilization were undertaken in four zones of North Westren Amhara Region namely West Gojjam, East Gojjam, South Gonder and Awi based on their potato production on 158 farmers in 2010 to 2011. The main objective of the study was to characterize and document as well as to assess the challenges of existing potato production, marketing and utilization systems based on...

Author(s): Yazie Chanie, Akalu Teshome, Yalfal Temesgen and Baye Berihun

Profitability of potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) as affected by NP nutrition and variety in Southern Ethiopia

February 2017

Profitability of different rates of nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and five potato varieties (Bellete, Gudene, Jalene, Marachere and local check) was investigated in southern Ethiopia to find out rates of the nutrients and varieties that would give acceptable returns and likely to be adopted by smallholder farmers in the locality. Factorial combination of N (0, 55.5 and 111 kg/ha) and P (0, 19.5 and 39 kg/ha) were applied...

Author(s): Hailu Gebru, Ali Mohammed, Nigussie Dechassa and Derbew Belew

Effect of nitrogen and potassium application rates on nitrogen use efficiency and tuber minerals content in central high lands of Ethiopia

January 2017

An experiment was conducted on a Nitisol of Holetta agricultural research and Jeldu Sub-center  using three factors such as potato varieties (Belete, Jalenie and Gudanie), nitrogen rates (87, 110 and 133 kg/ha) and potassium oxide rates (0, 34.5, 69 and 103 kg/ha) that were arranged on randomized complete block design with three replications. The data were subjected to Proc GLM model of SAS software version 9.2....

Author(s): Egata Shunka, Abebe Chindi, Gebremedhin W/giorgis, Ebrahim Seid and Lemma Tessema

Influence of root and shoot pruning on field establishment and growth of overgrown cashew (Anacardium occidentale L.) seedlings

October 2016

Delayed planting of cashew seedlings coupled with the erratic weather conditions in Ghana has often led to high transplant mortality of over grown cashew seedlings. This experiment was carried out in the Guinea savanna zone of Northern Ghana to study the effect of root and shoot pruning on the survival and field performance of overgrown (4 to 7 months old) cashew seedlings. The experiment was laid out in a randomized...

Author(s): Patricia Adu-Yeboah, Julius Yeboah, Frank Owusu-Ansah, Andrews Yaw Akrofi and Kwabena Opoku-Ameyaw

African spider plant (Cleome gynandra L.) as biofumigant against weeds during Turfgrass (Paspalum notatum) establishment

September 2016

Weeds are the most common pests, which interfere with turfgrass establishment and uniformity lowering functional and aesthetic quality of lawns. Killing weed seeds or suppressing their germination is necessary before establishing new lawn to prevent weeds from gaining a foothold hence, giving turfgrass a competitive advantage.  A field study was conducted at Bukura Agricultural College, Kenya, to explore the...

Author(s): Grace O. Chongori, Samuel Nyalala and Mariam Mwangi

In vitro regeneration of Mango (Mangifera indica L.) cv. Baramasi through nucellar embryogenesis

August 2016

Vegetative propagation via grafting is a common method to propagate mono-embryonic mango (Mangifera indica L.) varieties in Oman which is time consuming and expensive. Standardize in-vitro regeneration protocol in producing true-to-type, disease free and homogeneous high quality plants is prerequisite. Nucellar tissues from immature mango fruits of mono-embryonic cv. Baramasi were used as explants to induce somatic...

Author(s): Khair Tuwair Al-Busaidi, Manish Shukla, Abdullah Hamed Al-Burashdi, Ghaya Sultan Al-Blushi, Mohammed Hamed Al-Jabri, Basem Saif Al-Kalbani and Hamoud Darwish Al-Hasani 

Effects of negarim and semi-circular structures on growth and yield of banana in moisture deficit area of Daro Labu District, West Hararghe Zone, Ethiopia

July 2016

The study was conducted for three consecutive years (2011/2012 to 2013/2014) to evaluate the growth and production of banana (Robusta variety) with different water harvesting structure in Daro Labu districts of Oda Leku peasant association. The water harvesting structures used as treatments were semi-circular bund with and without mulch, negarim micro catchment with and without mulch and normal pit with and without...

Author(s): Tadele Geremu, Eshetu Ararso, Desalegn Mamo, Gemechu Ayela, Alemayhu Diriba, Bayisa Muleta and Dulo Hussen

Genetic diversity among four genotypes from Hibiscus rosasinensis in relation to drought stress

June 2016

The effect of drought stress on growth and water relations of four Hibiscus genotypes was investigated. Drought stress significantly retarded vegetative growth as analyzed by plant height, stem diameter, leaf area, fresh and dry weight. The osmotic potential (ys) values decreased with increasing drought time, and the decrease was more pronounced in Fantasia followed by Jay´s orange. Osmotic adjustment (O.A.)...

Author(s): Nermeen T. Shanan and Reda E. A. Moghaieb

Assessment of tree species distribution and diversity in the major urban green spaces of Nairobi city, Kenya

May 2016

Plant composition of urban green spaces is an important component of urban ecosystem as it influences the provision of many environmental and social services that contribute to the quality life. In Nairobi, a few remnants of continuous highland forest exist but they are under increasing pressure from the rapidly changing surrounding landscape. The plant composition is being altered by human encroachment and other...

Author(s): David Onguso Nyambane, John Bosco Njoroge and Arnold Onyango Watako

Influence of mulching and varieties on growth and yield of tomato under polyhouse

January 2016

The experiment was conducted to study the effect of mulch on growth and yield of tomato varieties under polyhouse condition at Bahir Dar, Ethiopia in 2012 and 2013. The treatments were 4 × 2 factorial combinations of mulching material (Black plastic mulch (BPM), White plastic mulch (WPM), Grass mulch (GM) and no mulch with two varieties (Cochoro and Miya). White plastic mulch recorded significantly tallest plant...

Author(s): Habtamu Tegen, Yigzaw Dessalegn and Wassu Mohammed

Exploring people’s preferences on specific attributes of urban forests in Washington DC: A conjoint approach

November 2015

The study uses conjoint analysis to determine the preferences of different groups of people on specific urban forest attributes such as plant variety, planting pattern, color variety and growth form. A year-long face-to-face survey was employed to collect data and conjoint analysis was conducted to estimate the relative importance of the attributes as well as the part-worth values of the specific levels under each...

Author(s): Rogelio Andrada II, Jinyang Deng and Kathryn Gazal

Changes in flavonoids concentration of Hawthorn (Crataegus pinnatifida) in response to exogenous amino acids

October 2015

Hawthorn (Crataegus pinnatifida Bge.) flavonoids constituents have recently received greater attention for their health and medical properties. In order to relgulate the  flavonoids constituents, one-year-old hawthorn plants were subjected to foliar application of L-glutamic acid (GLA, 800 mg L–1 ), glycine (GLY, 20 mg L–1), L-phenylalanine (PHE, 20 mg L–1), L-arginine (ARG, 20 mg L–1). The...

Author(s): Cui Yu, De-Guo Lv, Xing-Ming Hu and Wen Deng

Nutrient status of potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) tubers and lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.) leaves produced along the bank of River Beressa

August 2015

The discharge of untreated solid and liquid wastes containing toxic heavy metals (Cr, Pd, Ni, Hg and As) from municipal and industrial activities has deteriorate the potential of Beressa River water mainly for irrigation purpose and affect the chemical property of soils and vegetables grown along the bank. Thus, this work was conducted to assess the concentrations of both essential nutrients (Ca, Mg, K, P, N, Mn, Fe, Cu...

Author(s): Haymanot Awgchew, Heluf Gebrekidan and Adamu Molla  

Effect of climatic conditions on flowering and fruiting of Tamarindus indica (Fabaceae)

August 2015

This study examined effects of climatic conditions on patterns of flowering and fruiting of tamarind (Tamarindus indica L.). Data were recorded over a period of 26 months in two contrasting climatic zones. The monitoring revealed that irrespective of climatic zones, flowering starts by the end of the dry season when hygrometry begins to rise and lasts two to three months. Fruiting begins around the peak of the rainy...

Author(s): Adandé B. Fandohan,, Valère K. Salako, Achille E. Assogbadjo, Boukary O. Diallo, Patrick Van Damme and Brice Sinsin  

Vegetation composition and dynamics along degradation gradient of Kiang'ombe hill forest in the drylands of Kenya

July 2015

Kiang'ombe hilltop forest is overexploited for fuel wood, charcoal, timber and non-wood forest products, thus threatening its biodiversity conservation role. The extent of forest degradation is not yet quantified and this impedes rehabilitation interventions. This study was conducted to evaluate the status of Kiang'ombe forest resources to initiate rehabilitation interventions and to support sustainable forest...

Author(s): John Ngugi Kigomo, Gabriel Mukuria Muturi, Francis Norman Gachathi, Samuel Munyua Kimani, Margaret Nduta Kuria and Eliud Macharia Waweru

Uses and preferences of woody species in two protected forests of Dan Kada Dodo and Dan Gado in Niger

June 2015

An ethnobotanical survey was carried out on 31 woody species recorded in the protected forests of Dan Kada Dodo and Dan Gado in south-central Niger. Semi-structured interviews with local population were conducted between June and September 2012 in seven bordering villages in which five are predominantly from the Hausa ethnic group and two are from the Fulani ethnic group. A total of 256 people were randomly selected and...

Author(s):   Abdourhamane Hamidou, Morou Boube, Larwanou Mahamane, Mahamane Ali, Saadou Mahamane and RonaldBellefontaine   

Phenotypic traits of Carapa procera fruits from riparian forests of Burkina Faso, West Africa

June 2015

Investigating phenotypic variation in fruit traits constitute an important base for biodiversity assessment and domestication. The present study was carried out in order to assess the diversity of phenotypic traits of Carapa procera fruits. A total of 430 fruits were collected on 43 trees, and their surface aspect, length, width, weight, number of carpels and number and weight of seeds were recorded. Hierarchical...

Author(s): Benjamin Lankoandé, Amadé Ouédraogo, Joseph Issaka Boussim and Anne Mette Lykke

Response of varieties and planting dates on growth and flowering of gladiolus (Gladiolus grandiflorus Andrews) under the ecological conditions of Haramaya University, Eastern Ethiopia

May 2015

The present study was initiated to elucidate the performance of two internationally acclaimed cultivars of Gladiolus grandiflorus, Summer Rose and Friendship and to find the effect of three planting dates on growth, production and quality of flowers. Ethiopia is a grower and exporter of cut flowers but gladiolus has not found a place among the flowers cultivated and traded probably due to inadequacy of planting material...

Author(s): K. Vasanthakumar, Tewodros Bezu and Anteneh Bekele

Determinants of deforestation in Western Oromia region of Ethiopia: The case of Komto Forest

May 2015

Deforestation and poverty are challenging problems in Ethiopia. The deforestation-poverty nexus is complicated by the institutional failures related to management of natural resources. This study was conducted to analyse the determinants of deforestation in Ethiopia, Western Oromia, the case of Komto Forest in East Wollega Zone, employing primary cross-sectional data on sampled households. Multistage sampling technique...

Author(s): Megersa Debela Daksa and Bekele Hundie Kotu

Provenance variation in seed morphological characteristics, germination and early seedling growth of Faidherbia albida

May 2015

Faidherbia albida is an important agroforestry tree species widely distributed across parklands and agricultural systems in Africa. The demand to scale it up in similar agroecologies outside their natural distribution range in agricultural systems in Eastern Africa is increasing. The demand is caused by the observed enhancement of crop yields under mature F. albida trees canopies. There are around 132 provenances of F....

Author(s): Charity Fredrick, Catherine Muthuri, Kamau Ngamau and Fergus Sinclair

Effect of field capacity of sacred forest soils on regeneration of Aframomum melegueta on Western Highlands in Cameroon

May 2015

This study was aimed at investigating the field capacity of three sacred forest soils of the West Region of Cameroon and their effect on the germination potential and early plant growth characteristics of fresh and dried seeds of Aframomum melegueta. Sample soils were collected from Bamendjo (BO), Bamendjinda (BA), and Mbing Mekoup (MB) sacred forest areas. Each area was divided into three location sites 1, 2 and 3 and...

Author(s): Anjah G. M., Nguetsop V. F., Tsombou F. M. and Njoya M. T. M.

Timber species from Afram arm of the Volta Lake in Ghana: Planing and sanding properties

April 2015

Volumes of timber logs (dead trees) in the Volta Lake in Ghana, that had become a dead trap for water transportation, were being extracted for utilization to increase the timber resource base. Unfortunately, their properties were not known for efficient promotion and utilization. The influence and relative significance of machine surface planing and sanding parameters in the production of good quality timber surface...

Author(s): Francis Wilson Owusu, Felix Boakye and Godwin Zorve

Effects of organic and chemical fertilizers on yield and total soluble solids (TSS) in Banana Cavendish group (AAA)

April 2015

Banana fruit production in the Sudan covers a wide spectrum of activities ranging from local utilization of fruit with self-sufficiency through small farming for local market to large plantation for export. It is one of the most important fruits of Sudan. Therefore, a field experiment was conducted at two locations during 2009\2010 and 2010\2011 in split-split plot layout with four replications. The main plots were the...

Author(s): Intisar Bakheit and Elsadig H. Elsadig

Effects of mycorrhiza, organo-mineral and NKP fertilizer on the performance and post harvest quality of sweetcorn

April 2015

A field experiment was carried out to assess the effects of vesicular arbuscular mycorrhiza (VAM), Organo-mineral fertilizer (OMF) and NPK (15:15:15), on the performance and post-harvest quality of sweet corn. The experiment was laid out in a split plot design with mycorrhiza as main plot and fertilizer combinations as treatments. VAM inocula were applied at a rate of 888.88 kg ha-1, OMF at 2000 kg ha-1 and NPK...

Author(s): Etukudo O.O, Babatola L. A., Ojo O. D. and Fagbola O.

The use of electrolyte leakage procedure in assessing heat and salt tolerance of Ruzaiz date palm (Phoenix dactylifera L.) cultivar regenerated by tissue culture and offshoots and treatments to alleviate the stressful injury

April 2015

Salt and heat stresses are one of the greatest constraints facing agricultural production worldwide, particularly in arid and semi-arid countries where scarcity of water and high temperatures prevail. Assessing tolerance level of date palm trees regenerated by tissue culture against heat and salt stresses is a prerequisite.This investigation aims to determine heat and NaCl tolerance of date palm (cv. Ruzaiz) produced by...

Author(s): Khair Tuwair Said Al Busaidi and Karim Mohamed Farag

Influence of rooting media and number of nodes per stem cutting on nursery performance of vanilla (Vanilla planifolia Andr. syn. Vanilla fragrans)

March 2015

The effect of rooting media and number of nodes per cutting on nursery performance of vanilla fragrance were evaluated in South-western Ethiopia in 2011/ 2012. Six rooting media (forest soil, decomposed animal manure, fine sand, 1:1 mixture of forest soil: fine sand, 1:1 mixture of decomposed animal manure: fine sand and 1:1:1 mixture of forest soil: decomposed animal manure: fine sand) and four levels of node number...

Author(s): Mesay Adugna, Derebew Belew and Digafie Tilahun

Lettuce growth characteristics as affected by fertilizers, liming, and a soil conditioner

March 2015

The aim of this work was to test fertilizers, liming, and levels of a soil conditioner produced from leonardite, composed by humic and fulvic acids on “iceberg” lettuce growth characteristics. The experimental design was completely randomized in a 5×3×2 factorial scheme, with 5 levels of soil conditioner (0, 20, 40, 100 and 200 L ha-1), 3 fertilizers [chicken manure, plant compost (plant residues...

Author(s): Edilene Carvalho Santos Marchi, Giuliano Marchi, Carlos Alberto Silva, Bruno de Oliveira Dias and Marco Antônio Rezende Alvarenga

Tolerance of bio-fertilized Delonix regia seedlings to irrigation intervals

March 2015

This work aims to investigate the effect of different bio-fertilizers (Arbascular mycorrhizae fungi, Azotobacter chroorcoccum, yeast strains and mixture of all inoculum) and irrigation intervals (3, 6 or 12 days) on the growth and chemical composition of Delonix regia seedlings grown in sandy soil. Pot experiments were conducted using a randomized complete blocks design with three replicates during two successive...

Author(s): Amira Sh. Soliman, Ebtsam M. Morsy, Osama N. Massoud

The effect of plant growth regulators and their concentration in vitro on mass poropagation of Myrobalan 29C rootstock

March 2015

Myrobalan 29C is one of the most important rootstocks that is widely used for plum and apricot trees. This study was conducted to determine the most suitable media culture and regulators of plant growth for micropropagation of Myrobalan 29C in Khorasan Natural Resource and Agricultural Research Centre Mashhad, Iran. 10 explants treated were sterilized in 70% Ethanol for 1 min, Mercuric chloride (0.1%) for 1, 2 and 3 min...

Author(s): Zahra Shabani, Ebrahim Ganji Moghadam, Bahram Abedi and Ali Tehranifar

Performances of elite amaranth genotypes in grain and leaf yields in Northern Tanzania

February 2015

Amaranth is one of the most commonly produced and consumed indigenous vegetables on the African continent. In Tanzania amaranth constitutes about 5.3% of total vegetable hectarage planted annually. Most cultivated varieties of amaranth are landraces with relatively poor leaf and grain yield. This study was conducted to identify genotypes with potential for dual purpose (leaf and grain) use for promotion or further...

Author(s): Mbwambo O. , Abukutsa-Onyango, M. O., Dinssa F. F. and Ojiewo C.

Stability analysis of components characters in cowpea (Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp)

February 2015

Stability of yield and its attributes were assessed for nineteen genotypes over twelve environments (two seasons 2009 and 2010 × six planting dates), to determine the quantitative responses of cowpea genotypes. The interaction between genotypes and environments (G×E) were significant for all the characters studied characters except pod length, hundred seed weight and weight of pods per plant. The longest...

Author(s): El-Shaieny A. A. H., Y. Y. Abdel-Ati, A. M. El-Damarany and A. M. Rashwan

Alleviation of salt stress on Moringa peregrina using foliar application of nanofertilizers

February 2015

Moringa peregrina plants were grown under four levels of saline water (0, 3000, 6000, 9000 ppm), and treated with sprayed Hoagland solution containing different concentrations of ZnO and Fe3O4 Nano-Particles (NP) (30, 60 and 90 mg/L); the normal Hoagland solution was used as a control. Results show that salinity levels significantly reduced growth parameters (plant height, root length, number of leaves, number of...

Author(s): Amira Sh. Soliman, Souad A. El-feky and Essam Darwish

Effect of Aloe vera gel coating on postharvest quality and shelf life of mango (Mangifera indica L.) fruits Var. ‘Ngowe’

January 2015

  Mango is a highly perishable fruit and high post-harvest losses occur in Africa. In order to address this problem, 4 concentrations of Aloe vera gel (AG) (0, 25, 50 and 75%) and chitosan (1%) were tested at two temperature levels (room temperature 15-22°C and 13°C) to determine their effect on the postharvest life of mango (var.’Ngowe’). The experimental design was a 5 by 2 factorial...

Author(s):   Ochiki Sophia, Gesimba Morwani Robert and Wolukau Joseph Ngwela

Propagation of Cabralea canjerana by mini-cutting

January 2015

Canjerana (Cabralea canjerana (Vell.) Martius) is a tree species indigenous to Brazil that when grown and managed in plantation systems are of great ecological and economic importance. Due to the difficulty of producing seminal seedlings, we examine the possibility of vegetative propagation by evaluating the rooting potential of canjerana mini-cuttings with different concentrations of indolbutyric acid (IBA) and...

Author(s): Eliseo S. Gimenes, Paula Kielse, Kelen L. Haygert, Frederico D. Fleig, Daniel E. Keathley and Dilson A. Bisognin

Prediction of Osyris lanceolata (Hochst. & Steud.) site suitability using indicator plant species and edaphic factors in humid highland and dry lowland forests in Kenya

December 2014

Osyris lanceolata (African Sandalwood) belongs to the family Santalaceae that hosts some of the most valuable species for perfumery oil extraction. In India and Australia, Santalum album and Santalum spicatum are well developed for perfumery oil extraction through establishment of commercial plantations. In Africa, O. lanceolata has attracted significant attention as potential perfumery oils extraction species. However,...

Author(s): Mary Gathara, Paul Makenzi, James Kimondo and Gabriel Muturi

The relation of endogenous abscisic acid and indole acetic acid on vigor of some selected dwarf mahaleb (Prunus mahaleb L.) genotypes

December 2014

Vigor reduction of sweet cherry varieties by dwarfing rootstock is well known, but the mechanism by which a rootstock induces dwarfing is not well understood. Plant hormones have been associated with dwarfing mechanism. This study was conducted, with the main purpose of determining the correlation between of endogenous abscisic acid (ABA) and indole acetic acid (IAA) and vigor of 10 selected dwarf mahaleb (Prunus...

Author(s): Ebrahim Ganji Moghadam and Zahra Shabani

Foliar nutrient response in some Iranian quince genotypes

November 2014

Significant foliar nutrient response due to genetic variability was seen for N, P, K, Mg, Ca, B, Fe and Zn for some Iranian quince genotypes, which were selected from different parts of Iran (during 2006-2009). Vector analysis has been used to interpret plant nutrient status and nutrient shifts (dilution, deficiency, excess, etc) of studied quince genotypes. In our study, reference point for calculating and comparing...

Author(s): M. Mirabdulbaghi and H. Abdollahi 

Effect of banana leaf pruning on banana and legume yield under intercropping in farmers’ fields in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

October 2014

Banana-legume intercropping systems are commonly practiced in the highland zones of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo to maximize land use and intensify crop production. However, banana leaves are pruned during legume intercropping to improve sunlight penetration for the legume. On-farm experiments were conducted in South Kivu province to determine the effect of banana leaf pruning on banana (Musa sp.), bush and...

Author(s): Ntamwira J., Pypers P., van Asten P., Vanlauwe B., Ruhigwa B., Lepoint P., Dhed’a B. Monde T., Kamira M.  and Blomme G.

Distribution and regeneration status of Vitex payos (Lour.) Merr. in Kenyan drylands

October 2014

We investigated the population structure and regeneration status of Vitex payos (Lour.) Merr. in Kenyan drylands. The study quantified the spatial distribution pattern of V. payos tree populations in their natural range; and assessed their regeneration status to determine the stability of the populations Woodlands and farm inventories were conducted in Mbeere, Mwingi and Kitui districts of the Eastern Province of Kenya....

Author(s): James Munga Kimondo, Jacob Godfrey Agea, Clement Akais Okia, Andrew Woiso Dino, Refaat Atalla Ahmed Abohassan, Jackson Mulatya and Zewge Teklehaimanot

Contribution of agroforestry to food production and income generation in Sapoba forest area, Edo State, Nigeria

September 2014

This study examines the contribution of agroforestry to food production and income generation in Sapoba, Edo State, Nigeria. About 60 farmers were purposively selected from the area. Structured questionnaires were administered on the respondents to elicit answers on their socioeconomic characteristics and food production operations. Data were subjected to descriptive statistics, production function and gross margin...

Author(s): F. O. Idumah and A. O. Akintan

Propanil - and fenoxaprop-p-methyl resistance Echinochloa colona (L.) link biotype in upland rice

August 2014

The development of resistance of Echinochloa colona biotypes is emerging as a major problem in upland rice production, particularly where there is an apparent over use of the propanil - and fenoxaprop-P-methyl herbicides. A series of field studies in a commercial rice production facility were conducted to screen a wide range of recommended herbicides for upland rice weeds and to assess its efficacy and the possible...

Author(s): Puran Bridgemohan and Ronell S. H. Bridgemohan

Cultivars, conduction, photoperiodic and quality chrysanthemum in Brazil

July 2014

Chrysanthemum is classified as one of cut flowers with great variety of colors and inflorescences. This review aims at presenting the cultivars, as well as detailing the conduction, photoperiod and quality of chrysanthemum in Brazil. It concludes that the reaction time required for the induction of flowering until the early opening of the flowers varies among cultivars. The method of conduction varies according to the...

Author(s): Fabiana Bezerra de Moura Marcos Ribeiro da Silva Vieira, Walter Santos Evangelista Júnior, Luzia Ferreira da Silva, Rosa Honorato de Oliveira, Alexandre Tavares da Rocha and Franciscleudo Bezerra da Costa

Response to γ radiation and storage temperature on quarantine pests of alphonso mango

June 2014

Application of food irradiation for sanitary and phytosanitary purposes to ensure food safety and quality and facilitate international trade, including quarantine measures related to fresh products. The irradiation technique is now emerging as a demanding tool for controlling insect-pests. This technique has been a successful tool against a number of pest species.  In this regard, the study was conducted to...

Author(s): M. K. Yadav and B. R. Parmar

Species composition and stand structure of secondary and plantation forests in a Kenyan rainforest

May 2014

Forest succession has been reported in forest plantations in tropical forests, but little is known about their successional dynamics because most studies have focused on succession in secondary forests. We assessed changes in species composition and stand structure in secondary and plantation forests in Kakamega rainforest in western Kenya. We used a nested experiment to collect data on tree species types, tree height...

Author(s): John Otuoma, George Ouma, David Okeyo and Beatrice Anyango

Interactive influence of planting date and cultivar on growth, yield and quality of strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa Duch.)

April 2014

Interactive effect of four planting dates viz. 1-September, 1-October, 1-November and 1-December with five promising strawberry cultivars viz. Sweet Charlie, Festival, Camarosa, FA 008 and BARI strawberry-1 were studied under subtropical climatic conditions of Bangladesh during the period of winter 2009-10 and 2010-11. Among the interactions, the cultivar Camarosa planted on 1 September exhibited the tallest plants...

Author(s): M. Moshiur Rahman

Innovative approach for assessing sustainability of the medicinal plant-Gardenia gummifera Linn. F.

February 2014

Less known medicinal plants were studied in Bhopal and Sehore districts, M.P. India to suggest appropriate strategies for their sustainable management. The study area was rich in medicinal plants but due to their extensive uses and habitat degradation, these were less available. An innovative approach has been developed to assess the status of certain less known medicinal plants among which Gardenia gummifera was...

Author(s): Dolly Parmar Kotwal

Problems in afforestation of rural areas of Northern Ghana–community viewpoint

February 2014

The rate of disappearance of tropical forests is alarming with West Africa being the hardest hit by this trend. A survey was conducted in Yunyoranyiri and two surrounding communities to assess the perception of farmers on tree planting in the area. The objectives of the study were (1) Assess the perception of some communities in the East Mamprusi district on tree planting and (2) Compare the growth performance of...

Author(s): Damian Tom-Dery, Stefan K. Frolich and Eckert Frey

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