African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6559

Table of Content: 11 September 2014; 9(37)

September 2014

Does benzyladenine application increase soybean productivity?

Although soybean flowers are produced abundantly, a large number of flowers and young pods abort naturally. Abortion reduction may result in an increased number of pods, thus leading to a growth in grain yield. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of benzyladenine application on soybean pod abortion and, consequently, to increase the productivity of soybean cultivation. The soil of the experimental...

Author(s): Larissa Pacheco Borges, Hilton Dion Torres Junior, Tárik Galvão Neves, Clair Kássio Lamberty Cruvinel, Priscilla Gomes de Freitas Santos and Fábio Santos Matos

September 2014

Certification rules for the fruit agri-business

Orcharding is an activity with a high multiplier effect on income and it represents one of the main alternatives for the generation of employment in the development of agribusiness in Brazil. Certification aims to raise the standards of quality, adding value to the product and may contribute to competitiveness in the fruit industry as it is an important requirement for entry the international market. This paper conducts...

Author(s): Ana Cristina G. Castro Silva, Ava Santana Barbosa and Cristiano Hora de O. Fontes

September 2014

Production of bioethanol from varieties of dates of poor quality

Algeria is one of the important date-producing countries with a yearly production of about 850,000 tons. The number of date palms is more than 18 million palm trees with more than one thousand varieties, however only 30% of this product is of good quality, and the rest is consumed locally or directly fed to the cattle. This study aims at transforming low quality types of dates using technical biotechnology...

Author(s): Mohammed Tayeb Oucif Khaled and Ladjel Segni

September 2014

Bioefficacy of products derived from Milletia ferruginea (Hochst) baker against the bean bruchid, Zabrotes subfasciatus (bruchidae: coleoptera) in stored beans in Ethiopia

Petroleum ether, acetone and water extracts, and fresh seed powder of Milletia ferruginea (Hochst) Baker (Leguminaceae) were evaluated as grain protectant against bean bruchid, Zabrotes subfasciatus (Boheman) in the laboratory at an ambient temperature of 28±1°C and 70% RH in a 12 h light: dark regime at the concentrations of 1, 2 and 3 ml in the case of extracts and at the rates of 5, 10 and 15 w/w in the...

Author(s): Emana Getu

September 2014

Genotype by environment interactions and phenotypic stability analysis for yield and yield components in parental lines of pearl millet (Pennisetum glaucum [L.] R. Br)

Twenty-four parental lines of pearl millet and a seed parent (ZATIB) as check were evaluated in five different locations in northern Nigeria to determine their yield levels and stability across the environments. Identification of stable parental line(s) will improve the performance of resulting pearl millet hybrids. Location and genotype effects were highly significant (P<0.05) for all the parameters sampled while...

Author(s): Ezeaku, I. E., Angarawai, I. I., Aladele, S. E. and Mohammed, S. G.

September 2014

Gross margin analysis of rubber based cropping systems in Nigeria

The study aims at determining the economic impact of the rubber based cropping system introduced to rubber farmers in Nigeria by Rubber Research Institute of Nigeria under the sponsorship of the Common Fund for Commodity (CFC) project in Nigeria coded CFC-IRSG 21. Thirty three farmers were randomly selected in five states in Nigeria (Edo, Delta, Ogun, Kaduna and Akwa Ibom) using interview schedule. The profitability of...

Author(s): Esekhade T. U., Mesike C. S., Idoko S. O. and Okore I. K.

September 2014

Effect of iron on yield, quality and nutrient uptake of chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.)

The role of micronutrients in crops is well known in the present context. Research already proved the micronutrient deficiency in various crops as well as in the human beings and which results as drastic reduction in crop yield. Chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) is an important grain legume crop in the World, and being a rich and cheap source of protein can help people to improve the nutritional quality of their diets. It...

Author(s): K. K. Pingoliya, M. L. Dotaniya and M. Lata

September 2014

Stability and regression analysis in elite genotypes of sugarcane (Saccharum spp hybrid complex)

Experiments were conducted during 2012-2013 with eight sugarcane genotypes along with four commercial checks to study the phenotypic stability and regression of cane yield, and its components under four environments. The G × E component of variation was significant for single cane weight, number of millable canes, commercial cane sugar percent, cane yield and sugar yield. The genotypes SNK 07680 and SNK 07337 was...

Author(s): Guddadamath S. G., Patil S. B. and Khadi B. M.