African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6859

Table of Content: 19 January; 7(3)

January 2012

An empirical assessment of women’s access to land and credit in North West Province, South Africa: A probit analysis

  This study investigates women’s access to land and credit in Disobltla, North West Province. Land is an important resource for the survival of rural women. A probit model was used to analyse the factors influencing both access to farming land and credit, based on cross-sectional data collected from a sample of 82 women. The findings show that access to farming land is influenced by variables, the...

Author(s): Mukole Kongolo

January 2012

Monga vulnerability in the northern part of Bangladesh

  A study on vulnerability of ‘Monga’ a Bengali term referring to the yearly cyclical phenomenon of poverty and hunger was conducted in the northern part of Bangladesh. The specific objectives of the study were to identify the factors promoting the causes of Monga taking place in a particular area and in a lean season of the year and also to assess its vulnerability. The study area included five...

Author(s): Mohummed Shofi Ullah Mazumder and Lu Wencong

January 2012

Frozen food consumption in Turkey: A case study for the town of Tokat

  In this investigation, frozen food consumption by households in the town of Tokat in Turkey was studied, and factors affecting the consumption were tested using chi-square analysis. In addition, analysis of variance was also performed in order to determine whether there was a relationship between socio-economic conditions and monthly frozen food consumption by households. Data used in the study were obtained...

Author(s): Sibel Gülse Bal, RüÅŸtü Yayar, Bilge Gözener and Faruk Adıgüzel

January 2012

The exploration of organization factors that inspire intrapreneurship in Iranian Agricultural Research Organization (IARO)

  The purpose of this empirical study is to investigate organizational factors which influence intrapreneurship development in Iranian Agricultural Research Organization (IARO). Authors of Intrapreneurship studies have proposed many organizational factors variables that might influence intrapreneurship and organizational effectiveness. However, no previous studies have attempted a broad integration of all of...

Author(s): Alambeigi, A., Malek Mohammadi, I., Asadi, A. and Zarei, B.

January 2012

Wheat genotypic variability in utilizing nitrogen fertilizer for a cooler canopy under a heat-stressed irrigated environment

  Canopy cooling in dry heat-stressed areas is regarded as one of the most physiologically efficient way to attain high grain yields in wheat. Twelve wheat genotypes were grown with four N levels in a 2-year field trial to investigate their efficiency to utilize addition of nitrogen for canopy cooling and high chlorophyll accumulation under a dry but irrigated hot environment in Sudan. Both canopy temperature...

Author(s): Elfadil M. E. Elbashier, Izzat S. A. Tahir, Abu Sefyan I. Saad and Mohamed A. S. Ibrahim

January 2012

DNA barcoding of the Cymbidium species (Orchidaceae) in Thailand

  The objective of the research is to achieve molecular markers for an economical, ornamental plant group in agriculture worldwide. These plants, Cymbidium aloifolium, Cymbidium atropurpureum, Cymbidium bicolor, Cymbidium chloranthum, Cymbidium dayanum, Cymbidium devonianum, Cymbidium ensifolium, Cymbidium finlaysonianum, Cymbidium haematodes, Cymbidium insigne, Cymbidium lancifolium, Cymbidium lowianum,...

Author(s): Pornarong SIRIPIYASING, Kobsukh KAENRATANA, Piya MOKKAMUL, Tawatchai TANEE, Runglawan SUDMOON and Arunrat CHAVEERACH

January 2012

Evaluation of microbial inoculants as biofertilizers for the improvement of growth and yield of soybean and maize crops in savanna soils

  Certain rhizobacteria exert considerable influence on plant growth and development, particularly under limiting conditions. The effects of some indigenous soil microbial isolates and commercially produced microbial inoculants, referred to as bio-inoculants, on the growth and dry matter yield (DMY) of maize (Zea mays) and soybean (Glycine max) crops were assessed under greenhouse conditions. In two sets of...

Author(s): M. A. Laditi, O. C. Nwoke, M. Jemo, R. C. Abaidoo and A. A. Ogunjobi

January 2012

Nematode biodiversity in a semi-arid pasture under different grazing regimes

  The study was conducted to explore the influence of over-grazing and ungrazing on nematode biodiversity in a semi-arid region pasture, in Adıyaman, Turkey, in 2008.  Soil samples were taken in mid spring from a pasture that was previously divided into two sites, one is protected by fencing and the second is open to grazing, freely. Nematodes were extracted and allocated to trophic groups and both sites...

Author(s): Åženol YILDIZ

January 2012

Estimation of herd-basis energy status in clinically healthy Holstein cows: Practical implications of body condition scoring and shortened metabolic profiles

  The objective of the study was to estimate herd-basis energy status (ES) using body condition scoring (BCS) and shortened metabolic profiles in multiparous clinically healthy dairy cows and to evaluate if such profiles can be informative in herd investigation to indicate on metabolic herd problems. A total of 180 Holstein cows from commercial herd were clinically examined and assigned to one of 3 equal...

Author(s):   Radiša Prodanović, Danijela Kirovski, Horea Šamanc, Ivan Vujanac, Vojin Ivetić, Božidar Savić and Branislav Kureljušić

January 2012

The influence of feeding plant oils on milk production and fatty acid content

  This investigation was done to research the effects of vegetable oils on UFA content in milk fat and performances of high-yielding lactating cows. Sixteen lactating Holstein cows in early lactation were used in a complete randomized design. Experimental diets included: 1) Control (without oil, CON); 2) Diet with 2% soybean oil (SBO); 3) Diet with 2% sunflower oil (SFO); and 4) Diet with 2% canola oil (CLO)....

Author(s): H. Mansoori Yarahmadi and H. Nirumand

January 2012

DNA purification and isolation of genomic DNA from bacterial species by plasmid purification system

  We have successfully adapted the Wizard® MagneSil™ plasmid DNA purification system to isolate genomic DNA from soil bacteria strains important in research and the agricultural industry. In this work, we describe the modified protocol for isolating genomic DNA from soil bacteria using manual and automated approaches on the Biomek® 2000. The isolated genomic DNA was then used to PCR amplify an 875...

Author(s): Hamid Kheyrodin and Khosro Ghazvinian

January 2012

Mechanisms of food partitioning and ecomorphological correlates in ten fish species from a tropical estuarine marine protected area (Bamboung, Senegal, West Africa)

  Ecomorphological correlates were sought among 10 fish species of different life history traits in a tropical estuary. Results from gut contents analysis showed that fish species were classified into four trophic groups including detritivores, zooplanktivores, benthivores, piscivores and macrocarnivores. Resource partitioning among fishes was under the influence of their morphological attributes. Detritivores...

Author(s): Djibril Faye, François Le Loc’h, Omar T. Thiaw and Luis Tito de Moraïs

January 2012

Hierarchical temporal memory for mapping vineyards using digital aerial photographs

  The responsibility to manage vineyards in the European Union belongs to a large range of organizations, which need detailed information about geographic data. For this purpose, most member states have developed vineyard registers. This paper has explored an inferential system for vineyard detection using digital aerial photographs. The system has been inspired by a recent memory prediction theory...

Author(s): Perea A. J., Meroño J. E. and Aguilera M. J.

January 2012

Salinity-alkalinity tolerance in wheat: Seed germination, early seedling growth, ion relations and solute accumulation

  Germination and early seedling growth are the most critical stages for plant establishment in saline-alkaline soil. To gain a better understanding of relations between germination and seedling establishment, and the physiological adaptive mechanisms of the two stages under salt and alkali environments, wheat was tested by mixing two neutral salts (NaCl:Na2SO4) and two alkaline salts (NaHCO3:Na2CO3). Results...

Author(s): Jixiang Lin, Xiaoyu Li, Zhaojun Zhang, Xingyang Yu, Zhanwu Gao, Ying Wang, Junfeng Wang, Zhuolin Li and Chunsheng Mu

January 2012

A study on the role of non-farm activities on rural sustainable development in West  Azarbaijan Province of Iran

In the rural area, majority of households are involved in farm activities but many of them get their income from non-farm activities. This paper examines the comprehensive effects of non-farm incomes on west Azerbaijan rural development. The study was based on the original field survey with data from about 60 experts of rural development from three different organizations. This study was a descriptive-correlation...

Author(s): Logman Rashidpour

January 2012

Effect of micronutrients foliar application on yield and seed oil content of safflower (Carthamus tinctorius)

  In order to investigate the effects of micronutrient foliar application on quantitative traits and seed oil content of safflower, a field experiment was carried out in 2008 to 2009 growing season at Research Farm of Faculty of Agriculture, Zabol University, Iran. The experiment was done using randomized complete block design with three replications. The experiment treatments included of: F1: control, F2: Fe,...

Author(s): Mohammad Galavi, Mahmoud Ramroudi and Abolfazl Tavassoli

January 2012

Effect of moderately-high temperature stress on photosynthesis and carbohydrate metabolism in tomato (Lycopersico esculentum L.) leaves

  Changes in the production and metabolism of photosynthate in tomato leaves were investigated after plants were treated to moderately high temperature stress for 8 h. Plants grown continuously at 25°C served as the controls. Compared to the controls, photosynthetic activity decreased in plants exposed to 35°C for ≥2 h. The net rate of photosynthetic (Pn) and the limitation of stomatal conductance...

Author(s): Zhang Jie, Jiang Xiaodong, Li Tianlai and Yang Zaiqiang

January 2012

Factors influencing adoption and intensity of adoption of orange flesh sweet potato varieties: Evidence from an extension intervention in Nyanza and Western provinces, Kenya

  This study applied logit and transformed logit regression to examine factors affecting the adoption of orange flesh sweet potatoes, and intensity of such adoption, by a representative sample of 340 farmers in the Busia and Rachuonyo (OFSP) districts of Kenya in 2009. A double-censored Tobit model was also used to study factors affecting intensity of adoption. The study also investigated whether participation...

Author(s): Wachira Kaguongo, Gerald Ortmann, Edilegnaw Wale, Mark Darroch and Jan Low

January 2012

The effect of cattle manure and chemical fertilizer on yield and yield component of barley (Hordeum vulgare)

  In order to study the effect of the interaction of manure and chemical fertilizer on yield and yield component of barley, an experiment was conducted as split plot design on randomized complete block design with three replications in research field of Zabol University, 2008. Different proportions of manure and chemical fertilizer treatments were composed of 100% manure (F1), 100% chemical fertilizer (F2), 50%...

Author(s): Ahmad Ghanbari, Mahdi. Babaeian, Yasser. Esmaeilian, Abolfazl. Tavassoli and Ahmad Asgharzade

January 2012

Comparative seed morphology of Trigonella L. species (Leguminosae) in Turkey

  Seeds morphology of 37 taxa of Trigonella L. from various regions in Turkey were examined with a scanning electron microscope and light microscope. Based on seed features such as shape, colour and surface ornamentation pattern, 7 morphological types were recognized. Type I have scabrated seed surface and this is only observed in section Samaroideae, Type II have verrucated seed surface, Type III have...

Author(s): Talip ÇETER, N. Münevver PINAR, Hasan AKAN, Murat EKICI and Zeki AYTAÇ