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

Comparative evaluation of the essential oil composition from the leaves and flowers of Hyssopus officinalis L.

January 2014

The chemical constituents of essential oil were obtained from the fresh leaves and flowers of Hyssopus officinalis L. (Lamiaceae) by hydro distillation method analyzed by gas chromatography and gas chromatography mass spectrometry. Hydro distillation method was used to extract the essential oil. Thirty-five compounds were identified, accounting for 92.13% of the total oil with 0.75% (v/w) oil yield in the essential oil...

Author(s): M. Moghtader

Effectiveness of botanical formulations in vegetable production and bio-diversity preservation in Ondo State, Nigeria

January 2014

The study was conducted in the farming communities of Akure North and South Local Government Areas of Ondo State, Nigeria using pre-tested questionnaire/interview schedule, Key Informant Interview (KII), Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) and observation technique to generate data on: the types of vegetables grown, the major pest species, farmers control method in the field with emphasis on plant-based formulations and...

Author(s): Okunlola A. I. and Akinrinnola O.

Assessment and sustainable management of non-timber forest products used as food and medicine among urban dwellers in Oyo State, Nigeria

December 2013

This study assessed the Non Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) used as food and medicine by the urban dwellers of Oyo State, Nigeria. It identified the NTFPs, sources and perception about the effectiveness of utilization as medicine. Data were sourced on the basis of senatorial districts. The three senatorial districts are Oyo South, Oyo Central and Oyo North with a population size of 1,764,217, 1,906,814 and 1,909,863...

Author(s): Famuyide O. O., Adebayo O., Bolaji-Olutunji K. A., Awe F., Owoeye A. Y., Awodele D. O. and Adeyemo, A.

Banana domestication on the Arabian Peninsula: A review of their domestication history

December 2013

Bananas are one of domesticated crops prehistoric in Arabian region. However, domestication history of this crop in this region did not receive attention by researchers. The strategic location of the Arabian Peninsula at the intersection of several main Old World trade routes has made it an incubator for bananas coming from different continents of the world. Tracing the history of bananas in this region and...

Author(s): Khair Tuwair Said Al-Busaidi

Growth variability in Argania spinosa seedlings subjected to different levels of drought stress

December 2013

Argan tree, the only representative species of the tropical family Sapotaceae in Morocco is distributed in arid and semi-arid areas. Tolerance to drought remains poorly described for this species; we applied five levels of drought stress and monitored growth variables and biomass production of seedlings in pot and in field propagated from seeds of eight genotypes from three geographical origins. Drought stress decreased...

Author(s): Zahidi A., Bani-Aameur F. and El Mousadik A.

Growth and photosynthetic responses of Lycoris haywardii Traub to watering frequencies

December 2013

To seek a way to solve the slow growth of bulbs of Lycoris, a pot experiment with three replications was conducted to evaluate the effects of watering frequency on growth, net photosynthetic rate and bulb biomass of Lycoris haywardii under greenhouse condition. The results revealed that leaf number, leaf length and fresh bulb weight was increased by 67, 41 and 323% respectively, under the irrigation frequency of once a...

Author(s): Bao, C.S., Zhang, P.C., Chen, C. and Zhou, H.

Agroforestry practices and concepts in sustainable land use systems in Nigeria

November 2013

Agroforestry has been defined as a dynamic ecologically based natural resources management system that through the integration of trees on farms and in the agricultural landscape, diversifies and sustains production for increased social, economic and environmental benefits for land users at all levels. This paper highlighted Agroforestry practices and concepts in sustainable land use systems. The benefit derivable from...

Author(s): Alao, J. S. and Shuaibu, R. B.

Influence of weather and growing environment on vegetable growth and yield

November 2013

An experiment was conducted at the Department of Horticulture, Agricultural College and Research Institute, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India to screen ten vegetables for cultivation under shadenet house (33% shade) and open field for year round production of vegetables. Tomato, eggplant, chilli, cucumber, cluster bean, radish, amaranthus, coriander, bhendi and capsicum were grown in the...

Author(s): M. Rajasekar, T. Arumugam and S. Ramesh Kumar

Morphological variability of the fruiting branches in Argania spinosa: Effects of seasonal variations, locality and genotype

November 2013

The argan tree, is a member of the tropical family Sapotaceae, is an endemic of south western Morocco appreciated for its edible, high nutritional oil, extracted from the kernels of the fruit. The total number of fruiting branches (F), with one (F1), two (F2), three (F3) and four or more fruits (F4) in ten units of four different types of branches were observed for three consecutive seasons in three localities in south...


Impact of bio-inoculants on seed germination and plant growth of guava (Psidium guajava)

November 2013

An experiment was conducted to study the impact of bio-inoculants on seed germination and plant growth of guava at CCSHAU Regional Research Station, Bawal, during the period 2007 to 2008. The bio-inoculants tested were Azotobacter chroococcum, phosphate solubulising bacteria (PSB), plant growth promoting bacteria (PGPR) and mycorrhiza. Their impact on seed germination, plant height and other plant growth parameters was...

Author(s): D. V. Pathak, Surender Singh and R. S. Saini

Studies on integrated nutrient management on growth and yield of banana cv. Ardhapuri (Musa AAA)

October 2013

A field experiment was laid out in a randomized block design with 10 treatments and 3 replications consisting of recommended dose of fertilizers (RDF) and RDF was combined with organic manures and biofertilizers [Vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhizae (VAM), azotobacter, and Phosphate solubilising bacterial (PSB)] at different combinations to know their effect on growth and yield of banana. The vegetative growth...

Author(s): V. K. Patil and B. N. Shinde

Identification of the effect of different levels of activated charcoal and sucrose on multiplication shoots of date palm phenixdactylifera L.C.v. sufedy in vitro

October 2013

This study was conducted at the Laboratory of Plant Tissue Culture of the Palm Research Center / University of Basra from March 2010 to September 2011. The aim is to determine the effect of the use of activated charcoal and sucrose on the multiplication of shoots, rate of elongation, average number of roots and length of plantlets of date palms C.v Elsafada in vitro. Activated charcoal concentrations were zero,...

Author(s): Mahmood S. Abdulwahed

Effects of organic and inorganic fertilizers addition on growth and yield of banana (Musa AAA cv. Malindi) on a saline and non-saline soil in Oman

October 2013

Water availability and soil salinity limit crop productivity in arid and semiarid regions such as Oman. The objective of this study was to examine the effects of amending a saline plant root zone soil with a non-saline sandy loam soil of organic and inorganic fertilizers, and of different placement methods on growth and yield of banana (Musa AAA cv. 'Malindi'). A total of 24 treatments comprising six...

Author(s): Khair Tuwair Said Al-Busaidi

Site factor on nutritional content of Arundinaria alpina and Oxytenanthera abyssinica bamboo shoots in Ethiopia

September 2013

The objective of this study was to characterise some of the nutritional values of the two bamboo species grown and consumed in western parts of Ethiopia. The bamboo shoots of each the two species were collected from each of the three sites and analyzed for their nutritional and mineral composition. The average moisture content of the bamboo shoots was more than 90% for both species but the fat content as determined on...

Author(s): Sisay Feleke

Forest degradation and livelihood of local communities in India: A human rights approach

September 2013

India’s current forest and tree cover is estimated to be 78.29 million ha, constituting 23.81% of the geographical area of the country. As per the India State of the Forest Report (ISFR) 2011, forest cover has declined by 367 sq. km compared to the forest cover in the preceding ISFR in 2009. The National Forest Commission report 2006 indicated that around 41 per cent of total forest in the country is already...

Author(s): Atrayee Banerjee and Chowdhury Madhurima

Initiatives of tropical agroforestry to sustainable agriculture: A case study of Capasia Village, Northern Bangladesh

September 2013

A relatively large percentage of the population in Bangladesh lives under the poverty line and is affected by the country’s degrading natural resources. Agroforestry has been seen as one of the few options to lift people out of poverty. Research into the costs and benefits of agroforestry was undertaken in Capasia Village in Northern Bangladesh. Initial results indicate that agroforestry may not only be an...

Author(s): S. A. Rahman, F. D. Paras, S. R. Khan, A. Imtiaj, K. M. Farhana, M. M. Toy, M. B. Akhand and T. Sunderland

Performance of soybean plants originated from seeds of high and low vigor submitted to water deficit

September 2013

This study had the objective of evaluating the effect of water deficit on the growth of soybean plants from seeds with high and low vigor. It was conducted at the Faculdade de Agronomia "Eliseu Maciel” (FAEM-UFPel) using the cultivar M-SOY 8008 RR. The experimental design was a completely randomized in factorial AXB (Factor A: Variables 2, 3, 4 and 5 water deficits; Factor B: two levels of seed vigor, high...

Author(s): Lizandro Ciciliano Tavares, Cassyo de Araújo Rufino, Lilian Madruga de Tunes and Antonio Carlos Souza Albuquerque Barros

Access to and utilisation of forest resources: Evidence from common property forest management in Swaziland

August 2013

A major challenge facing Swaziland is how to maximise the use of forest resources while still maintaining their sustainability. Forest resources are being depleted and degraded due to poor access controls, inequities in land-tenure and user rights. The research was conducted using the Institutional Analysis and Development (IAD) framework as the underlying scheme. The main objective of this study was to investigate...

Author(s): Getrude Sithole

Growth and yield responses of ginger (Zingiber officinale) to three sources of organic manures in a typical rainforest zone, Nigeria

August 2013

A field study was carried out in the 2011/2012 cropping seasons at the Teaching and Research, Farms of the Delta State University, Asaba Campus, Asaba, a typical rainforest zone in Nigeria. The aim was to evaluate the responses of ginger to three sources of organic manures namely; cow-dung manure, poultry manure and pig manure at the rate of 20 t/ha. The experiment was a randomized complete block design with three...

Author(s): Egbuchua, C. N. and Enujeke, E. C.

Comparative analysis of on-farm timber conversion systems in Kenya

July 2013

Exploitation of trees on private farms in Kenya is mainly by chain, bench and pit sawing systems, whose efficiency has not been well established. The sawing systems were evaluated for their performance using three species: Eucalyptus saligna, Grevillea robusta and Prosopis juliflora.  Data was subjected to analysis of variance and mean comparisons. Results showed significant differences...

Author(s): George Muthike, Christopher Kanali and Douglas Shitanda

Effect of different levels of N and P on ratoon banana (Musa spp. AAA)

July 2013

In India, banana is the important and highly remunerative fruit crop grown in tropical and subtropical region. It represents the second most important fruit crop after mango in India. Banana is grown throughout Asian countries but it is commercially cultivated on a large scale in the Indo-china region. A field experiment was carried out in the College Orchard, College of Agriculture, Punjab Agricultural University,...

Author(s): K. S. Navaneethakrishnan, M. I. S. Gill and S. Ramesh Kumar

Effect of dressing of hot water-steeped and unsteeped seeds on longevity and seedling emergence in Corchorus olitorious L.

June 2013

The study was conducted at the laboratory of the Department of Crop Production, Federal University of Technology Minna. Seeds of cultivars “Amugbadu” and “Oniyaya” of Corchorus olitorius were steeped in hot water at 97°C for five seconds (for the purpose of breaking dormancy) and subsequently air dried to about 10% moisture content (wet weight basis). They were then treated with...

Author(s): Ibrahim H., Oladiran J. A., Adeyemi R. A. and Danladi M. M.  

Effect of organic seed pelleting on seed storability and quality seedling production in biofuel tree species

June 2013

Jatropha curcas and Pongamia pinnata are the promising biofuel species worldwide that contained 35 to 45% seed oil, respectively. Due to the reason of high oil content of these seeds are liable to getting easily deteriorated by fungal and insects during storage and that could hold the limitation of spreading through afforestation. To resolve this problem, the present study was carried out with J....

Author(s): P. Srimathi, N. Mariappan, L. Sundaramoorthy and M. Paramathma

Evaluation of garlic (Allium sativum) genotypes for yield and susceptibility to purple blotch

May 2013

Twenty one genotypes of garlic (Allium sativum L.) were screened for yield and purple blotch susceptibility under field conditions for two years. Reaction of genotypes to purple blotch disease differed significantly during both years but the pooled analysis revealed that most of the variations were due to genotype × environment interaction. Nine genotypes viz., G-1, G-50, G-323, PGS-4, PGS-14, G-313,...

Author(s): Ankur Agarwal and R. S. Tiwari

Improved model for estimation of leaf area index using airborne laser profiling

May 2013

The study was conducted to derive a functional relationship between airborne laser generated forest profile area and ground-based leaf area index (LAI) for extensive estimation. Subsequently, LAI was estimated by applying parameterized derived equations to the laser data covering a 384 ha temperate forest in Ehime, Japan. There is a growing demand for accurate estimates of LAI in larger areas due to its role in...

Author(s): John N. Kigomo, Tatsuo Sweda and Hayato Tsuzuki

Comparative survey on the essential oil composition from the seeds and flowers of Foeniculum vulgare Mill. from Kerman province

April 2013

This study was designed to examine the chemical composition of the essential oil of Foeniculum vulgare Mill. (apiaceae). The chemical composition of the essential oil from seeds and flowers of F. vulgare from Kerman province, Iran was obtained by the hydrodistillation method, analyzed by gas chromatography and gas chromatography mass spectrometry. Twenty four...

Author(s): M. Moghtader

Evaluation of methyl bromide alternatives on loblolly pine production and seedling quality over three growing seasons at the Pine Hill Nursery in Camden, Alabama

April 2013

Forest-tree nurseries in the United States have relied on methyl bromide (MBr) soil fumigation to control weeds, fungi, and nematodes. Due to the world-wide phase-out of MBr use, finding a soil fumigant alternative for MBr has been a priority for the forest nursery industry. A large-scale study comparing seven fumigants using operational application techniques and normal nursery management practices over three growing...

Author(s): Scott A. Enebak, D. Paul Jackson, Tom E. Starkey and Marie Quicke

Using different nitrogen and compost levels on lettuce grown in coconut fiber

March 2013

The present investigation was conducted for two seasons (2006 and 2007) into white polyethylene container filled with coconut fiber, to study the effect of three nitrogen levels (50, 100 and 150 ppm) applied by fertigation system and three compost levels (0, 2 and 4% by volume). Lettuce plant (Lactuca sativa L.) with two types' iceberg and romaine lettuce were transplanted in October to study the effect of...

Author(s): A. A. A. Farag, M. A. A. Abdrabbo and E. M. Abd-Elmoniem

Assessment of plants grown and maintained in home gardens in Odeda area Southwestern Nigeria

March 2013

A survey of thirty (30) home gardens in Odeda Local Government Area (LGA) of Ogun State, Southwestern Nigeria was conducted to assess plants grown and maintained by household members and the diversity of vegetal species and their uses. Semi-structured questionnaire and structured interviews were used to collect useful information. A total of 120 plant species belonging to 50 botanical families were documented. From the...

Author(s): Aworinde D. O., Erinoso S. M., Ogundairo B. O. and Olanloye A. O.

A protocol for community-based forest enterprises: The case of non-timber forest products

January 2013

Determining sustainability harvesting levels for most non-timber forest products (NTFPs) is an evolving science. A monitoring programme that will continually assess the health and vitality of the natural resources base should be implemented. Though there is some information on individual species, ecosystem dynamics are still not well understood, commercialization of natural products makes it imperative to manage...

Author(s): Cliff S. Dlamini

Performance of some promising genotypes of Glory lily (Gloriosa superba L.) against leaf blight disease

January 2013

The study was conducted on performance of eighteen genotypes of glory lily (Gloriosa superba L.) against leaf blight disease under Tamil Nadu conditions. Experiment was laid out in a randomized block design with three replications at the Medicinal Plants Unit, Botanical Garden, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore. All genotypes expressed significant variations for percent disease index and varied...

Author(s): R. Chitra, P. Muthulakshmi and K. Rajamani

Correlation co-efficients of component characters with seed yield and their direct effects in path analysis in fenugreek grown under six environments

January 2013

Thirty diverse genotypes of fenugreek were grown in six (E1 to E6) environments during the winter seasons for three consecutive years from 2002 to 2003 and 2004 to 2005 under high input and low input conditions, created by changing the date of sowing, spacing, fertilizer dose and other crop management practices at the Agriculture Farm of Institute of Agriculture, Visva-Bharati, West Bengal. Analysis of correlations...

Author(s): P. C. Kole and A. Saha

Types of values and valuation methods for environmental resources: Highlights of key aspects, concepts and approaches in the economic valuation of forest goods and services

December 2012

It is essential to understand and recognize the role that environmental resources such as forest goods and services play in the provision of income to peoples’ livelihoods (especially the poor and marginalized communities). The purpose of this paper is to give a concise account and scientific basis of the importance of the phenomenon of valuation of environmental goods and services which is manifested in two ways....

Author(s): Cliff S. Dlamini

Botanical formulation and extracts based on plant leaves and flower, a substitute for toxic chemical and waxes for shelf life extension and quality retention of apple cv Starking Delicious in India

December 2012

Pre-harvest treatments consisted of nimbecidine,  neem azal, neem gold, with Bavistin, as control. The plant leaves/flowers used as coatings were neem leaf extract, drake leaf extract, spearmint leaf extract, marigold flower extract, and semperfresh. Neem, melia, mentha, walnut, banna, basooti, and camphor were used as cushioning materials in packages. Freshly harvested fruits were subjected to the above treatments...

Author(s): Sandeep K. Chauhan, Thakur K. S., Jawa N. K. and Thakur K. P.

Spatio-tempora variation in cassava (Manihot sp.) in forest savannah eco-climatic zone of Nigeria

December 2012

Multi-locational trials were conducted in four selected locations with the forest-savannah agro-ecological zone of Nigeria to investigate the spatial variability in the yield of cassava. In an attempt to compare the yield of cassava within the forest-savannah eco-climatic zone of Nigeria, four locations including Ibadan, Abeokuta, Akure and Oshogbo were selected for field trials. Four improved cassava cultivation (TMS...

Author(s): Adetayo, A. O. And Aduramigba-Modupe, V. O.

Influence of plant spacing, seed rhizome size and cultivars on the incidence of rhizome rot and wilt disease complex of ginger

December 2012

Rhizome rot and wilt disease complex is the important production constraints of ginger cultivation in hill agro-ecological region of West Bengal. In the present study, attempt have been made to manage the problem by adjusting plant spacing, seed rhizome size and as well as by selection of suitable cultivars available in the region. Plant spacing of 25 × 30 cm was found to be optimum for better crop return and...

Author(s): B. R. Sharma, S. Dutta, S. Ray and S. Roy

Use of aeroponics technique for potato (Solanum tuberosum) minitubers production in Kenya

November 2012

In Kenya, potato productivity is severely constrained by limited high quality seed tubers; this is precipitated by inefficiencies in various stages in the seed production system. Production of certified seed starts with meristem tip cuttings in the tissue culture. The resultant plantlets are grown in pots in the greenhouse and/or screen-house for production of minitubers (generation 0). In Kenya, production of...

Author(s): M. W. Mbiyu, J. Muthoni, J. Kabira, G. Elmar, C. Muchira, P. Pwaipwai, J. Ngaruiya, S. Otieno and J. Onditi

Genus: Strelitzia

November 2012

This review aimed to show the importance of Strelitzia in Floriculture. The genus named after the duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, birthplace of Queen Charlotte of United Kingdom. A commom name of the genus is bird of paradise flower, because of a supposed resemblance of its flowers to the bird of paradise. In this context, it is currently a growing interest in exotic cultures, with tropical characteristics,...

Author(s): Marcos Ribeiro da Silva Vieira⊃, Giuseppina Pace Pereira Lima⊃, Damiana Cleuma de Medeiros, Ângela Vacaro de Souza⊃ and Emídio Cantidio Almeida de Oliveira

Physiochemical and nutritional characterization of Vitex payos (Lour.) Merr. (Verbenaceae): An indigenous fruit tree of Eastern Africa

October 2012

In the dry areas, indigenous fruits become important staples when cereals harvested are inadequate to support populations. Farmers in these areas have identified many of the handicaps in domestication but there is still need for inputs from the food industry into identification of the desirable traits and characteristics of potentially novel food. The purpose of this study was to assess the nutrient content of one...

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

Chemical composition of the essential oil from Ziziphora clinopodioids Lam. from Iran by means of gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS)

October 2012

The essential oil from aerial parts of Ziziphora clinopodioids plant was extracted by hydro distillation with efficiency of 1.86% (w/w). The components were characterized by means of gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC/MS) using kovat's retention indices. Thirty-two components of the essential oil which composed 98.18% of the total oil were characterized. The major components were pulegone...

Author(s): A. R. Sardashti, J. Valizadeh and Y. Adhami

Non-financial tax compliance: Elements of management plans required by Michigan’s Commercial Forest Act

June 2012

Michigan’s Commercial Forest Act is a property tax incentive program designed to allow public access to private land and a continuous timber supply. The tax program requires compliance with non-financial provisions including preparation of a forest management plan. The purpose of this study was to determine compliance with the management plan provision among enrolled landowners. Management plans sampled from...

Author(s): Jacob R. Oswald and Blair Orr

Scion and stock diameter size effect on growth and fruit production of Sclerocarya birrea (marula) trees

June 2012

Sclerocarya birrea (marula) is a highly valued fruit tree in southern Africa because of its products which have gained both regional and international markets. However, its fruits have been harvested from the wild with a few provenances being managed on farmland. Grafted marula trees have shown wide variations in scion and rootstock growth (for example, stem diameters), but effects of these variations on tree...

Author(s): Simon A. Mng’omba, Gudeta W. Sileshi, Ramni Jamnadass, Festus K. Akinnifesi and Jarret Mhango

Consumer attitudes for new plant species using the example of Trachycarpus wagnerianus

May 2012

This article reviews the purchase behaviour of consumers for plants and the attitude towards horticultural novelties. The palm, Trachycarpus wagnerianusespecially, is the main focus of this study. Based on a survey of 408 customers in Bavaria during autumn 2009, the results gave an impression of how consumers inform themselves about novelties in horticulture as well as, their attitude to T. wagnerianus. Within...

Author(s): P. Lampert, K. Menrad and Schoeps J.

Functional distances of woody species, proxy of ecological elasticity and provision for forest management

May 2012

The natural forests in north western Ethiopia have been dwindling at an alarming rate. However, church forests are found as a spot in each community serving as unique and conspicuous in situ conservation of indigenous species. Five church forests with adjacent degraded forests were surveyed to investigate the functional distance and diversity. Fifty woody species were identified both from the church...

Author(s): Shiferaw Abebe,, Kåre Arnstein Lye and Diress Tsegaye,

Pythium species and cold storage affect the root growth potential and survival of loblolly (Pinus taeda L.) and slash pine (Pinus elliottii Engelm.) seedlings

April 2012

When bareroot Southern pine (Pinus) seedlings are lifted in the fall and placed in cold storage for more than one week, survival is generally lower than when seedlings are lifted and stored during the winter. The combination of root wounding at the time of lifting with the presence of Pythium in the soil, the cool, moist conditions in cold storage encourage Pythium growth that results in...

Author(s): D. Paul Jackson, Scott A. Enebak and David B. South

Household tree planting and its related constraints in meeting woodfuel production in Kiambu, Thika and Maragwa Districts of Central Kenya

April 2012

The objective of this study was to assess household tree planting for fuelwood production and investigate current constraints to tree establishment in Kiambu, Thika and Maragwa Districts of Central Kenya. The study was undertaken through household survey in Kiambu, Thika and Maragwa Districts of Central Kenya. The districts were purposively sampled on the basis of various factors which include diverse ecological...

Author(s): Githiomi J. K., Mugendi D. N. and Kung’u J. B.

Studies on morphological and yield parameters of three varieties of Nigerian okra [Abelmoschus esculentus (L.) Moench]

April 2012

This study was carried out to assess the variation in morphological and yield parameters among three varieties (V35, Jokoso and NH4e47.4) of okra [Abelmoschus esculentus (L.) Moench] from Nigeria. Okra seeds were collected and seedlings were raised to maturity at which stage they were examined for morphological and yield parameters. The distribution pattern in days to bud emergence and days to sexual maturity were...

Author(s): O. A. Falusi, M. C. Dangana, O. Y. Daudu and Jaime A. Teixeira da Silva

Assessment of regeneration potential of Hibiscus sabdariffa L. under established ecosystems in Cameroon

April 2012

Hibiscus sabdariffa is a non-timber-forest-plant (NTFP) that has the potential of producing fibers good in paper-making. Germination and growth potentials of H. sabdariffa under farmland, fallowland, plantation and forest ecosystems were studied. Seeds of H. sabdariffa were sown to assess germination percentage, germination rate, germination time and velocity coefficient on established...

Author(s): Anjah G. M., Ogunsanwo O. Y., Jimoh S. O., Forjoh J. N. and Tsombou F. M.

Analysis of woodfuel supply and demand balance in Kiambu, Thika and Maragwa districts in central Kenya

April 2012

This study was undertaken in Kiambu, Thika and Maragwa districts of Central Kenya and it aimed at developing micro-level wood energy plan that would act as a case study for future decentralized wood energy plans in Kenya. Primary data was collected from households, service/production institutions comprising of factories/industries, schools, restaurants, hospitals and prisons using structured questionnaires. The study...

Author(s): Githiomi J. K., Kung’u J. B. and Mugendi D. N.

Ploidy estimation in West Indian gherkin, horned melon and wild Cucumis spp. by flow cytometry

April 2012

The ploidy level of wild Cucumis spp. differs among species and accessions. Therefore, estimations of ploidy levels are important in the breeding of species and accessions of this plant. Flow cytometry is a powerful technique for estimating ploidy level. This study examined the applicability of flow cytometry analysis for estimating ploidy levels in wild Cucumis spp. West Indian gherkin and horned...

Author(s): Yuichi Matsumoto and Makoto Miyagi

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