Journal of
Horticulture and Forestry

  • Abbreviation: J. Hortic. For.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-9782
  • DOI: 10.5897/JHF
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 273

JHF Articles

March 2011

Conservation of microbial diversity to sustain primary and secondary productivity

  The microbial world is the largest unexplored reservoir of biodiversity on the earth. It is an important frontier in biology under intensive investigations. The exploration of microbial diversity has been spurred by the fact that microbes are essential for life since they perform numerous functions essential for the biosphere that include nutrient recycling and environmental detoxification. The management and...

Author(s): Vijai Singh, Joshi, B. B. and Awasthi, S. K. and Bhatt, R. P.

  • Article Number: 0099AFF2207

February 2011

The effect of vermicompost and other fertilizers on cultivation of tomato plants

  Field trials were conducted using different fertilizers having equal concentration of nutrients to determine their impact on different growth parameters of tomato plants. Six types of experimental plots were prepared whereT1 was kept as control and five others were treated by different category of fertilizers (T2-Chemical fertilizers, T3-Farm Yard Manure (FYM), T4-Vermicompost, T5 and T6- FYM...

Author(s): Goutam Kumar Chanda, Goutam Bhunia and Susanta Kumar Chakraborty

  • Article Number: 3B2577F2072

February 2011

Fruit yield of virus-resistant transgenic summer squash in simulated commercial plantings under conditions of high disease pressure

  Fruit yield of transgenic crookneck summer squash ZW-20 resistant to Zucchini yellow mosaic virus (ZYMV) and Watermelon mosaic virus (WMV) and of a susceptible nontransgenic lineage of the same genotype was compared over two consecutive years. Field trials relied on small-scale plantings that reflected commercial settings under conditions of severe disease pressure by ZYMV and WMV with infection achieved via...

Author(s): Ferdinand E. Klas, Marc Fuchs and Dennis Gonsalves,

  • Article Number: BAF11612087

February 2011

Efficiency of seed extraction methods in the control of loss and low seed quality in egusi melon (Colocynthis citrullus L.)

  This study determines the effect of methods of seed extraction on seed loss and viability on Egusi melon (Colocynthis citrullus L). Three methods of fruit breaking; vertical cut with knife, horizontal cut with knife and hitting with wooden club were tested to determine their effect on seed damage. Three covering materials; grass straw, black polyethylene sheet and no cover were also tested to determine...

Author(s): Ogbonna, P. E. and Odo, L. C.

  • Article Number: 4473FB22092

February 2011

Aqueous ozone in the root zone: Friend or foe?

  Aqueous ozone (O3(aq)) solutions were applied to the rockwool substrate of hydroponically cultured tomato and cucumber plants. Single applications of high concentration solutions (0, 5, 10, 15, 20 mg/L), as well as repeated application of lower concentration solutions (0, 2, 4, 6 mg/L), had no impact on leaf area and shoot dry weight accumulation. Repeated O3(aq) applications were also applied to...

Author(s): Thomas Graham, Ping Zhang and Michael Dixon

  • Article Number: 54ABF1C2098

January 2011

Pollen Isolation Method Affects Interspecific Hybridization in Eucalyptus

  The ultimate test for utility of a pollen sample is the seed yield following control pollination (CP). In the present study, two different methods of eucalyptus pollen isolation (PI) viz., wet-lyophylisation (WL) and conventionally dry-sieving (DS) were followed. The pollen thus isolated was used to carry interspecific hybridization in order to evaluate and compared the efficiency the above two methods of PI...

Author(s): Girijashankar V

  • Article Number: D94D1F12049

January 2011

Methods of braking seed dormancy on germination and early seedling growth of African locust bean (Parkia biglobosa) (JACQ.) Benth

  An experiment was conducted under a net house in the department of Crop, Soil and Pest Management of the Federal University of Technology Akure. This was to investigate the most effective pre-sowing treatments to break seed dormancy, to stimulate seed germination and to identify morphological traits for the assessment of Parkia biglobosa seedling vigour.  Matured seeds of P....

Author(s): A. I. Okunlola, R. A. Adebayo and A. D. Orimogunje

  • Article Number: 93C33FC2042

January 2011

Effect of cultivar on minor components in Tunisia olive fruits cultivated in microclimate

  This paper evaluates the usefulness of three chemical parameters (composition of volatiles compounds, total phenols and fatty acids) as a tool to discriminate the olive oils obtained from three varieties (Oueslati, Chemlali and Chetoui). These varieties are included among the cultivars permitted by the disciplinary for the production of the ‘‘Kairouan olive oil’’, a Tunisian protected...

Author(s): Ouni Youssef, Flamini Guido, Douja Daoud and Zarrouk Mokhtar

  • Article Number: 2D75DF72057

January 2011

Woody plant species used in urban forestry in West Africa: Case study in Lomé, capital town of Togo

  Many studies have been conducted on the flora of Togo. However, none of them is devoted to the ornamental flora horticulture. This survey aims to establish an inventory of the woody plant species in urban forests of Lomé, the capital town of Togo. It covers the trees planted along the avenues, in the gardens, courtyards, shady trees and trees used as fences for houses or trees at the seaside. In total,...

Author(s): Radji Raoufou, Kokou Kouami and Akpagana Koffi

  • Article Number: CC3CA262062

November 2010

Conservation and management of genetic resources of horticultural crops in Nigeria: Issues and biotechnological strategies

  Plant genetic resources (PGR) are basic requirements in crop improvement programme and their importance have increased in recent years with the changing scenario of ownership and legal regimes in relation to biodiversity. Horticultural genetic resources (HGR) are subset of agro-biodiversity that is related to garden crop species or their wild genepool, having genetic material of actual or potential value....

Author(s): J. U. Ogbu, , , B. A. Essien, J. B. Essien and M. U. Anaele

  • Article Number: E2089916121

November 2010

Preparation of value added products from the leaf powders of dehydrated less utilized green leafy vegetables

  In India various types of under utilized foods are available seasonally but are not utilized to the extent they should be in spite of their higher nutritive value. Looking into the prevalence of high level of micronutrient malnutrition among the vulnerable sections, utilization of under utilized foods can be explored to overcome nutritional disorders. Through this study an attempt was made to analyze the...

Author(s): Pallavi Joshi and Beena Mathur

  • Article Number: 1D42A2B6174

November 2010

Provenance and family variation in germination and early seedling growth in Sclerocarya birrea sub-species caffra

  Marula (Sclerocarya birrea subsp. caffra) forms an integral part of the diet, tradition and culture of rural communities in Swaziland. In addition contributes to economic, social and environmental stability. This study was an analysis of the variation between and within provenances of Sclerocarya birrea sub-species caffra (Marula) in germination and survival of seedlings, and height and root...

Author(s): Cliff S. Dlamini

  • Article Number: 2B702206189

September 2010

Policy impact on resource use and conservation in Miombo woodland, Pindanganga, Mozambique

  A case study was carried out in Pindanganga to analyse the impact of alternative forest management regimes and sectorial and extra sectorial policies on the well being of stakeholders and conservation of the woodlands using a dynamic game theoretic model, MIOMBOSIM. This study shows that the cooperative management regime is potentially beneficial to local communities if properly implemented and can improve...

Author(s): M. P. Falcão, R. U Sumaila and C. J. Geldenhuys

  • Article Number: 5669EAE6075

September 2010

A survey of the economically valued forest trees and shrubs at the proposed site for an airport in Asaba, Delta State, Nigeria

  This study assessed the economically valued forest trees and shrubs at the proposed site for an airport in Asaba, Delta State with a view to noting them before the commencement of work in the area. 2520 × 20 m quadrants were laid randomly along the five 1 km line transect and assessed accordingly. Thirty tree species producing various economically valued products were assessed and 10 out of the 33 were...

Author(s): O. M. Agbogidi

  • Article Number: FAEEAB66098

September 2010

The first cultivar database in Spain

  During the 2009 - 2010 periods, the “herbarium and horticultural variety database” project has been carried out in the town of Noguera (Teruel, Spain), the first project to dedicate its efforts to the creation of a database of cultivars marketed and/or cultivated in Spain, including 2124 cultivars.   Key words: Cultivar, database, herbarium, Spain.

Author(s): Daniel Guillot Ortiz

  • Article Number: 2E93E726105

August 2010

Towards the development of green energy saving mechanisms

  Geothermal energy is the natural heat that exists within the earth and that can be absorbed by fluids occurring within, or introduced into the crystal rocks. Although, geographically, this energy has local concentrations, its distribution globally is widespread. The amount of heat that is theoretically available between the earth’s surface and a depth of 5 km is around 140 × 1024 J. Of this,...

Author(s):   Abdeen Mustafa Omer

  • Article Number: A35E6336017

August 2010

Substitution of municipal solid waste compost for peat in cucumber transplant production

  Municipal solid waste compost (MSWC) is used in agriculture as a fertilizer, organic soil additive and crop substrate. MSWC was examined as an alternative for peat in cucumber (Cucumis sativus L., cv. Radian) transplant production. An experiment was conducted in 2008 at the University of Guilan, Rasht, Iran with the treatments 100% peat+0% MSWC (control); 95% peat+5% MSWC, 90% peat+10% MSWC, 85% peat+15%...

Author(s): Yaqvob Mami and Gholamali Peyvast

  • Article Number: 84C71AF6028

August 2010

Leaf nitrogen and potassium concentrations for optimum fruit production, quality and biomass tree growth in Clementine mandarin under Mediterranean climate

  Leaf analysis is a useful tool to evaluate the nutrient status of citrus trees, but diagnosis standards for ‘Clementine mandarin’ are not available. Nutrition recommendations of the current fertilization practices are mainly based on the same recommended nutrient rates for orange trees. A three-year (2005 - 2007) field experiment was conducted in North Eastern Tunisia (El Gobba). This experiment...

Author(s): Abdelkader Hammami, Salah Rezgui and Rachid Hellali

  • Article Number: 0534D986044

August 2010

Domestication of Irvingia gabonensis (Aubry Lecomte) by air layering

  Irvingia gabonensis is one of the most important indigenous fruit tree species in African humid tropics. Methods have been developed for phenotypic selection and vegetative propagation of this species; but techniques for the capture of desired traits through inexpensive technological methods are still lacking. A series of experiments were conducted to assess the effects of auxin (Seradix-2) application...

Author(s): Zac Tchoundjeu, Alain Calice Tsobeng, Ebenezer Asaah and Paul Anegbeh

  • Article Number: 6F9D0CA6060

July 2010

Computerized system for identification of some savanna tree species in Nigeria

  A computerized system named LEASYS was developed to serve as a modern, less time-consuming and less cumbersome method of plant identification. The LEASYS system used was based on simultaneous narrowing of two classification systems that is, vertical and horizontal characters, and supplying these systems with an appropriate Boolean operator (the AND operator preferably). The system was based on leaf morphology...

Author(s): A. A. Abdulrahaman, I. B. Asaju, M. O. Arigbede and F. A. Oladele

  • Article Number: 0AD43F15962

July 2010

Homogeneous light in shade-house experiment overestimates carbon gains in Norway maple seedlings

  We set up a shade-house experiment with Norway maple growing at two light intensities typical of a disturbed and undisturbed forest canopy from either a homogeneous or a dynamic regime that mimics sunflecks. We show that although horticultural-grade shade-cloths can be finely tuned to provide daily averages of any light intensity, they do not appropriately mimic natural forest understories which are...

Author(s): Alain Paquette, Bastien Fontaine, Christian Messier and Jacques Brisson.

  • Article Number: 024DCF65969

July 2010

Use of soil water content in deciding the sowing time in dry land agriculture

  Precipitation is the most important issue under dry land condition agriculture. However, soil water amount is the best parameter to decide the hydraulic stress level in crops. The main objective of this study was to determine a statistical model in deciding whether to plant or not under dry land condition. This model used soil water amount condition as the most important parameter. Two experiments were...

Author(s): José Dimas López Martínez, Cirilo Vázquez Vazquez, Enrique Salazar Sosa , Enrique-Salazar Melendez, Rafael Zúñiga Tarango and Héctor Idilio Trejo Escareño

  • Article Number: D838EDD5983

July 2010

Assessment of inter simple sequence repeat (ISSR) technique in mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana L.) grown in different Sumatra region

  Inter-simple sequence repeat (ISSR) markers were used to examine the level of genetic diversity in mangosteen. Twenty three accessions of the Garcinia mangostana collection from Sumatra region were screened for ISSR markers. Eleven random ISSR primers were chosen to differentiate the investigated accessions. The primers generated 72 bands of which 42 (58%) were polymorphic and 30 bands (42%)...

Author(s): Ellina Mansyah,  Sobir, Edi Santosa and Roedhy Poerwanto

  • Article Number: 1C452955996

May 2010

Effect of mechanical treatments on rooting in cuttings of guava, lemon and pomegranate

  An attempt was made to determine the most effective mechanical treatments that is ringing and girdling in relation to upper and lower portion of the shoot of guava, lemon and pomegranate. The results revealed that cuttings obtained from lower end portion of ringed branch (M2) promoted significantly better growth parameters, particularly number of sprout shoots (4.0), shoot length 120 days after planting...

Author(s): S. K. Pandey and A. Bisen

  • Article Number: D5DBE2F5912

May 2010

A low cost nutrient formulation with a buffer for simplified hydroponics systems

  The pH of the nutrient solution is a major determinant of nutrient uptake by the plants. The most suitable pH range for the plants is recognized as 5.8 - 6.5. Therefore, the pH of the nutrient solution has been adjusted to this range before application, using a pH meter. Further more, the pH of the root solution might change with time after application due to many factors and it is not practical to adjust the...

Author(s):   J. S. Saparamadu, R. D. Wijesekera, H. D. Gunawardhana and W. A. P. Weerakkody  

  • Article Number: BDC16AF5921

May 2010

Effect of steam blanching on quality of custard apple pulp

  The study on the organoleptic evaluation of custard apple pulp stored up to 70 days was carried out in the Department of Agricultural Process Engineering, C. A. E. T., and M. A. U., Parbhani in the year 2005 - 2006. Statistical analysis and sensory evaluation of the data was carried out and it was observed that effect of storage of custard apple pulp at - 4 and -18°C temperature up to 70 days on scores...

Author(s): K. J. Kamble and S. B. Soni

  • Article Number: 894243B5931

April 2010

Increasing the efficacy of Trichoderma harzianum for nutrient uptake and control of red rot in sugarcane

  The application of Trichoderma multiplied culture (TMC) of T. harzianum strain Th 37 @ 20 kg/ha on the stubbles at the ratoon initiation stage increased the availability of nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) by 27, 65 and 44%, respectively. Availability of some of the micronutrients viz., Cu, Fe, Mn and Zn were also enhanced, respectively by 6, 100, 79 and 66%. There was a...

Author(s):   V. Singh, P. N. Singh, R. L. Yadav, S. K. Awasthi, B. B. Joshi, R. K. Singh, R. J. Lal and S. K. Duttamajumder

  • Article Number: 87E9AA55873

April 2010

Floristic composition and canopy structure of home-gardens in São Luís city, Maranhão State, Brazil

  Tropical home-gardens are widely recognized as a repository of biodiversity of domesticated and wild plant, and animal species that need to be developed to meet livelihood needs and for purpose of their conservation. Despite being the oldest form of agroforestry, this system is still poorly studied and understood. This study investigates the pattern of indigenous and exotic flora in the home-gardens managed...

Author(s):   F. K. Akinnifesi, G. Sileshi,  Joselene da Costa, E. G. de Moura, Rosele F. da Silva,  O. C. Ajayi, J. F. P. Linhares, A. I. Akinnifesi, Maria de Araujo and  M. A. I. Rodrigues

  • Article Number: 9AEC1245886

April 2010

Anatomical studies of stems, roots and leaves of selected citrus rootstock varieties in relation to their vigour

  The present studies were carried out to consolidate information on anatomical features of stem, root and leaves from different vigour groups of citrus rootstock varieties. Troyer citrange (Citrus sinensis × Poncirus trifoliata), rough lemon (Citrus jambhiri), swingle citrumelo (Citrus paradisi × P. trifoliata), sweet lime (Citrus limettioides), carrizo citrange (C....

Author(s): Muhammad Saeed, P. B. Dodd and Lubna Sohail

  • Article Number: 5F633AF5896

March 2010

Effect of Agrobacterium culture and inoculation density on transformation efficiency of a citrange (Citrus reticulata x Poncirus trifoliata)

  This study focused on the effect of two factors, initial culture density and subsequent inoculation density on the transformation efficiency of citrus rootstock US-812 (Citrus reticulata x Poncirus trifoliata) epicotyl explants.  In the first experiment, Agrobacterium EHA105 containing pBINGUSint was grown in YEP medium to an OD600 of 1 and glycerol stocks made and stored at...

Author(s): Randall P. Niedz and Terence J. Evens

  • Article Number: 33E66BD5823

March 2010

The effect of gamma irradiation on enhancement of growth and seed yield of okra [Abelmoschus esculentus (L.) Monech] and associated molecular changes

  This investigation was carried out to study the effect of different gamma irradiation doses and water soaking on okra [Abelmoschus esculentus (L.) Moench- Malvaceae] seeds of two varieties (Sabahia and Balady). Both varieties showed similar trends in response to different treatments. Gamma irradiation at 400 Gy was superior for both varieties in growth criteria enhancement, photosynthetic...

Author(s): A. Z. Hegazi and N. Hamideldin

  • Article Number: 027E8EF5832

March 2010

The methods of nitrogen application influence on essential oil yield and water use efficiency of summer savory (Satureja hortensis L.)

  To evaluate the beneficial impact of methods of nitrogen application on summer savory (Satureja hortensis L.), some yield characters were investigated. The objective in this study was, the interactive effects of foliar nitrogen application and solid nitrogen application on: essential oil yield and water use efficiency at Iran in 2006. The experiment was carried out using a...

Author(s): Ali Alizadeh Sahzabi, Ebrahim Sharifi Ashoorabadi, Amir Hossein Shiranirad, Bohlool Abbaszadeh and Hossein Aliabadi Farahani

  • Article Number: B804F125843

March 2010

Genetic variability and character association analysis in bell pepper (Capsicum annuum L.)

  The present investigation on genetic variability including mean, genotypic and phenotypic variances, coefficient of variation, heritability, and genetic advance was conducted on genetically diverse twenty three genotypes of bell pepper. Significant differences were observed among the genotypes for all the traits. On the basis of mean performance, genotypes PRC-1, SSP, Kandaghat Sel. and Ranichauri Sel-1 were...

Author(s): V. K. Sharma, C. S. Semwal and S. P. Uniyal

  • Article Number: B795F495852

February 2010

Participatory characterization and evaluation of some African leafy vegetables in Lari, Kiambu West District, Central Kenya

  Production and consumption of African leafy vegetables (ALVs) is generally low in Central Kenya, yet micronutrient and vitamin malnutrition in some parts is high particularly among young children and women in childbearing age. This work was conducted in Lari division, Kiambu West district and its objective was to participatorily characterize and evaluate selected ALVs with small-scale farmers. A total of 31...

Author(s): Jane Muthoni D. O. Nyamongo and Mary Silingi

  • Article Number: 3333BE15793

February 2010

Correlation studies in wild apricot (Prunus armeniaca L.) plus trees

  Wild apricot seeds collected from 167 selected trees were evaluated and considerable genetic variation for oil content, stone and kernel characters were recorded. Oil content ranged from 50.05 - 57.97%, while range of stone length, breadth and thickness was from 14.64 - 26.48, 12.26 - 21.49 and 8.63 - 14.65 mm, respectively. Stone and kernel weight varied between 66.60 - 295.10 and 18.20 - 68.18 g. Kernel...

Author(s): Amit Kumar and S. Bhan

  • Article Number: AA3A8895801

February 2010

Effects of exogenic benzoic acid and cinnamic acid on the root oxidative damage of tomato seedlings

  A systematic experiment was conducted to examine the effects of main autotoxic substances (benzoic acid and cinnamic acid), which was separated in our previous study, on roots oxidative damage of tomato seedlings. Potted tomato seedlings were cultured in perlite and treated with benzoic acid (BA) and cinnamic acid (CA) as exogenous autotoxins. Changes of superoxide dismutase (SOD), peroxidase (POD), catalase...

Author(s): En-Ping Zhang, Shu-Hong Zhang, Wen-Bo Zhang Liang-Liang Li and Tian-Lai Li

  • Article Number: 8FAEFB55811

January 2010

Characterization of Ethiopian mustard (Brassica carinata A. Braun) lines for vegetative agromorphological traits at Arusha, Tanzania

  This study was conducted at Asian Vegetable Research and Development Center, Regional Center for Africa ((AVRDC- RCA), Madiira Experimental Research Station in Arusha, Tanzania in 2005. The objective of the study was to document vegetative agromophological traits in the Ethiopian mustard lines held at AVRDC – RCA in order to identify lines with useful traits that can be used as genitors for active...

Author(s): Jane Muthoni

  • Article Number: D1216405766

January 2010

Effect of intra-row spacing on yield of three onion (Allium cepa l.) varieties at Adami Tulu agricultural research center (mid rift valley of Ethiopia)

  An experiment to asses the Effect of plant density (intra-row spacing) on yield and yield components (bulb diameter, bulb weight, marketable and unmarketable bulb yield and total bulb yield Q/ha) of onion (Allium cepa l.) varieties (Bomby red, Adama red and Nasic red) were conducted in 2007 and 2008 at Adami Tulu Agricultural Research center, on horticulture research field, in mid rift valley of Ethiopia...

Author(s): Geremew Awas, Teshome Abdisa, Kasaye Tolesa and Amenti Chali

  • Article Number: E20FFDF5777

December 2009

Effect of pre-harvest treatments on the cellulase activity and quality of ber fruit under cold storage conditions

  Studies were carried out to find out the effect of various pre-harvest treatments: CaCl2 (@ 0.5, 1.0 and 2.0%), Ca (NO3)2 (@0.5, 1.0 and 2.0%), GA3 (@ 20, 40 and 60 ppm) and Bavistin (@ 0.1%) on the cellulase activity and quality of 'Umran' ber fruits during cold storage. Marked trees were sprayed at colour break stage with the test chemicals. Fruits were packed in CFB boxes and placed...

Author(s): S. K. Jawandha, P. P. S. Gill and Navjot

  • Article Number: F5083835585

December 2009

Ecological study on Dobera glabra Forssk. at Jazan region in Saudi Arabia

  Research on Dobera glabra Forssk is very little. A study was carried out in Jazan (south western Saudi Arabia) on the ecology of D. glabra. The species was distributed over a large area, but with decreasing density towards the Red Sea coast. Generally, the density of the species is very little. This is combined with 0% survival of seedlings and samplings after 8 months made the species...

Author(s): I. M. Aref, H. A. El Atta and A. A. Al Ghtani

  • Article Number: 92F17395592

December 2009

Germination, dry matter yield and nutritive value of Stylosanthes guianensis in the Sambisa Game Reserve, Borno State, Nigeria

  The study is on the introduction of perennial pasture crop Stylosanthes guianensis(Stylo) into the Sambisa Game Reserve in Borno State, Nigeria. Stylo is a tropical herbaceous legume primarily used as a pasture crop for humid tropical regions. The objectives were to observe the growth and establishment of stylo in the game reserve of Sudan Savanna ecological zone of Nigeria; examining the emergence rates...

Author(s): Y. P. Mbaya, A. Usman and N. Yekini

  • Article Number: BA2FCCB5594

November 2009

Diet of pine plantation and non-plantation ranging baboon (Papio ursinus) groups with reference to bark consumption in the eastern highlands of Zimbabwe

  Bark stripping of pine trees by chacma baboons in plantations of the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe has been on the rise leading to the assumption that bark constitutes baboon food. The study investigated diet variation among habituated bark stripping and non-stripping, plantation and non-plantation ranging baboon groups primarily to determine the noteworthy of pine bark in baboon diet. Food resources...

Author(s): C. A. T. Katsvanga, L. Jimu, D. Zinner, J. F. Mupangwa

  • Article Number: A4D2A7C5738

November 2009

Forest stakeholder’s awareness of reduced impact logging (RIL) in Nigeria and Cameroon

  Damage associated with conventional logging practices is inconsistent with sustainable forest management. The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) model code of forest harvest, otherwise described as Reduced Impact Logging has therefore been advanced to reduce negative impacts on residual vegetation, soils and other environmental attributes. This study investigated the awareness rating of forest...

Author(s): A. L. Kehinde, J. A. Akande and E. Ntabe

  • Article Number: A4BF74B5747

November 2009

Horticultural potential of wild edible fruits used by the Khasi tribes of Meghalaya

  Plants provide most of the food products consumed by indigenous people in tropical countries. A study of wild edible fruits in the Khasi tribes of Meghalaya was carried out to assess their horticultural importance. One hundred fifty-one species belonging to 49 families were encountered, which include folk name, habit and the season of availability. Among them 100 were trees, 34 shrubs, 12 climbers and 5...

Author(s): S. Jeeva

  • Article Number: 4E7AB4F5753

October 2009

Use of mathematical models in forestry: Evaluation of ProFor model in three main forestry regions of South Africa

  Timber harvesting operations in plantation forestry in South Africa are rapidly being mechanised. However, machine movement in forest plantations may negatively affect soil quality. The forestry industry is introducing mathematical models to enable it address, limit or at least predict soil damage. One of these mathematical models is the “ProFor” model. The study was conducted in four harvesting...

Author(s): D. J. Kachamba, A. Rozanov, P. A. Ackerman and D. Matthies

  • Article Number: AAEF8835557

October 2009

Effect of NPK fertilizer on growth and yield of banana in Northern Oman

  Banana is the leading fruit crop in tropical and subtropical regions of the world. It represents the second most important fruit crop after date palm in the Sultanate of Oman, a subtropical arid country in the Middle East. Banana is grown as an intercrop throughout Oman but it is commercially cultivated on a large scale in the Dhofar (southern) region of and in Al-Batinah (coastal) region in the North. A...

Author(s): Khalid Al-Harthi and Rashid Al-Yahyai

  • Article Number: B6FE9E15559

September 2009

A review of constraints to ware Irish potatoes production in Kenya

  Irish potatoes are an important food crop in Kenya, with production volumes only second to maize. Potatoes are produced in the cool highlands mostly by small scale farmers under rain-fed conditions. The soils in these areas are generally acidic and of low fertility due to anthropogenic activities. The national production is far below the potential, largely due to limited use of certified seeds, low...

Author(s): Jane Muthoni and D. O. Nyamongo

  • Article Number: 6CA3E525108

September 2009

Nutrient content of important fruit trees from arid zone of Rajasthan

  Forests have provided food and shelter to man since ages. About 20% of the plants occurring in the forests are reported to have direct utility to mankind. Around 600 plant species in Indian forests are ennumerated to have food value. Arid zone vegetation comprises a wide range of edible fruit bearing and food producing species viz. Capparis decidua (ker), Cordia...

Author(s): Mala Rathore

  • Article Number: C1B76145116

September 2009

Investigation of variations of the morphological values and flowering shoot yield in different mint species at Iran

  This experiment was carried out using a randomized complete block design with three replications. The factor studied included mint species (Mentha longifolia var. amphilema (from Qazvin and Ardabil localities), Mentha spicata (from Tehran and Yazd localities), Mentha piperita (from Tehran and Ardabil localities) and Mentha aquatica (from guilan and Ardabil localities)...

Author(s): Bohloul Abbaszadeh, Hossein Aliabadi Farahani Sayed Alireza Valadabadiand Payam Moaveni

  • Article Number: F4628C35125

September 2009

Oxidative stress and antioxidant activity as the basis of senescence in Hemerocallis (day lily) flowers

  Senescence can be viewed as a developmental change that leads to the death of plant tissues. Naturally senescence is generally accepted as being genetically programmed. Petals are the floral organs which primarily determine the commercial longevity of flowers and as a consequence, it is necessary to study the physiological, biochemical and genetic processes that occur during floret senescence. Most of the...

Author(s): Debasis Chakrabarty, Arvind Kumar Verma and Subodh Kumar Datta

  • Article Number: C40D8345149

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