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: 23 April 2015; 10(17)

April 2015

Foliar application of molybdenum improves nitrogen uptake and yield of sunflower

Molybdenum (Mo) foliar spray may improve the nitrogen acquisition by the plants and increase the crop yield. The effects of Mo foliar spray on nitrogen nutrition, achene yield and yield components of sunflower were investigate in this study. The experiment was carried out on a Rhodic Hapludox in Chavantes, São Paulo, Brazil under conventional tillage system. Treatments consisted of five Mo concentrations [0...

Author(s): Fábio Steiner and Tiago Zoz

April 2015

Technical-economical evaluation of a solar water heater with vacuum tubes collector, used in a rural area in Paraná, Brazil

Solar radiation is a source of energy that can be used directly by residences and industries. In this work, the efficiency of a solar collector type all-glass installed in a rural area in Paraná, Brazil, in the winter period, was evaluated.  Two daily showers were simulated in three different scenarios, to measure additional electrical consumption used to boost the heating of water. In the first scenario,...

Author(s): Carlos Eduardo Camargo Nogueira, Gilberto Carlos Arnauts, João Carlos Munhoz das Neves and Samuel Nelson Melegari de Souza

April 2015

Farmers’ risk perceptions and adaptation to climate change in Lichinga and Sussundenga, Mozambique

In Africa, climate change exerts significant pressure on the agricultural sector. Current changes in climate for most parts of Mozambique have resulted in increased frequency of droughts, dry spells and uncertain rainfall. This has resulted in loss of food production and smallholder farmers are most vulnerable to these climatic disasters as they affect the food security status of the household. Despite an increased...

Author(s): Chichongue O. J., Karuku G. N., Mwala A. K., Onyango C. M. and Magalhaes A. M.

April 2015

Enhancing the shelf life of fresh-cut bitter gourd using modified atmospheric packaging

The study of modified atmospheric packaging (MAP) of fresh-cut bitter gourd was taken to extend the shelf life. Low density polyethylene (LDPE) and polypropylene (PP) films with a thickness of 100 micron (µ) were selected due to their less permeability to O2. The fresh-cut bitter gourd packaged under two different atmosphere (active – 3% O2 and 5% CO2 and passive – atmospheric air) and stored at...

Author(s): Preetha P., Varadharaju N. and Vennila P.

April 2015

Evaluation of different seed dormancy breaking techniques on okra (Abelmoschus esculentus L.) seed germination

Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus L.) is one of the horticultural crops commonly grown in Zimbabwe but the productivity of the crop is hampered by poor erratic seed germination due to dormancy. A study was carried out at Bindura University of Science Education to determine the best method and treatment combination of breaking okra seed dormancy. Viability tests and germination tests were conducted first to ascertain that...

Author(s): Collen Musara, James Chitamba, and Charles Nhuvira