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: 24 December 2015; 10(52)

December 2015

Sustainable fruit production by soil moisture conservation with different mulches: A review

It is essential to find ways and mean to increase the yield and lessen the cost of production so that there is enough fruit production to meet the requirement of the consumers. The yearly growth of plants, excessive growth of weeds and production of fruits deplete the soil of its nutrient reserves resulting in reduction of native-soil fertility. Mulching of organic and inorganic materials create favourable conditions...

Author(s): Parshant Bakshi, Vinod Kumar Wali, Mudasir Iqbal, Amit Jasrotia, Kiran Kour, Rafiq Ahmed and Manish Bakshi

December 2015

Productivity and income potentials of intercrop combinations among food crop farmers in Southwestern Nigeria

Population pressure is impressing on the need to increase productivity of arable cropland in the midst of reported decrease in fallow period. This study examined the agronomic and economic potential of cropping systems of farmers in food crop production. Data were generated through a survey of 341 food crop farmers selected through multi-stage sampling. Data were elicited with the aid of questionnaires. The fallow...

Author(s): Jelili Olaide SAKA

December 2015

Absorption and translocation tolerance of glyphosate

The purpose of this experiment was to relate the tolerance of Commelina benghalensis to two different kinds of glyphosate formulation, in function of the absorption time and translocation of this molecule in the cells of this plant. The experiment was conducted in a greenhouse. The experimental design is a completely randomized design (CRD), with four treatments follows; glyphosate potassium salt and isopropylamine...

Author(s): Dana Katia Meschede, Fabio Evengelista da Silva, Daiane Fernandes, Eli Carlos Olveira, Marli de Moraes Gomes and Vitor Muller Anunciato

December 2015

Chemical composition and somatic cells count of milk from Holstein x Braunvieh cows

This study aimed to evaluate the chemical composition and somatic cells count (SCC) of milk from Holstein / Braunvieh (HB) cows of five different grade crossing (genetic groups): Seven ½ blood HB, 14 5/8 blood HB, 16 3/4 blood HB, 86 7/8 blood HB and 28 15/16 blood HB cows were used. Six samplings at seven-day intervals were performed. The quality of milk was assessed according to the fat, protein, lactose and...

Author(s): Julliano Costa Garcia, Marco Antônio Pereira da Silva, Rafaella Belchior Brasil, Jakeline Fernandes Cabral, Rodrigo Balduino Soares Neves, Núbia Ferreira Vieira, Edmar Soares Nicolau and Moacir Evandro Lage

December 2015

Effect of culture media on in vitro germination rate and shoot-forming potential of Codonopsis javanica (Blume) Hook f. & Thomson artificial seeds

Being a tropical country, Vietnam has an exceptional diversity of medicinal plants, particularly in the highland provinces (for example, Lam Dong, Daklak and Kontum provinces). However, a list of many rare medicinal plants are recorded in the Vietnamese Red Data Book and most of them are globally threatened. In this study, the effect of the type of culture media and the concentration of phytohormones on germination,...

Author(s): Phan Xuan Huyen and Dieu-Hien Truong

December 2015

Possibility of using the intermediate mature stage of Garcinia kola heckel seeds to shorten the germination time

Garcinia kola is used as chew-stick for dental care in West Africa. The species is nearly commercially extinct in nature, and its propagation is hampered by seed germination problems. The current study investigated seed germination responses of Garcinia kola at different maturity stage. The experiments were conducted at the Central Laboratory of Biotechnology of the Centre National de Recherche Agronomique (CNRA)...

Author(s): Edmond Kouablan KOFFI, Anatole Kanga N’GUESSAN, Christophe N’guessan KOUAME, Modeste Kan KOUASSI and Jane Wanjiku KAHIA

December 2015

Analysis of traders’ perception and adaptive techniques in the control of kola weevil, Balanogastris kolae

A survey involving 160 kola nut traders who were randomly selected in two local governments of Ondo state was conducted to examine pest management practices carried out by the traders. Interview schedule structured questionnaire was used in a multi-stage random sampling to select 40 kola nut traders from two villages in each local government. Results showed that most of the respondents were already old with the mean age...

Author(s): Azeez O. M.

December 2015

Use of a portable chlorophyll meter to evaluate leaf Nitrogen status of tropical carpet grass

The persistence of color response after fertilizer treatments is a key indicator of turfgrass performance. Tropical carpetgrass (Axonopus compressus (Swartz) Beauv.) is widely used throughout subtropical area, was selected as the subject of this study. Five nitrogen (N) treatments applied monthlyat the application rate of both 7.5 and 15.0 g N/m2 as ammonium nitrate (AN), 2.5 and 7.5 g N/m2 as a 14-6.2-11.6 (NPK) slow...

Author(s): Yu-Sen Chang, Yu-Shian Chung and Yu-Jen Kuo

December 2015

Household food insecurity and associated factors in rural communities: A case of Kilosa District, Tanzania

Food insecurity continues to be a major contributing factor to nutrition insecurity in developing countries. A nine item Household Food Insecurity Access Scale (HFIAS) was administered twice to 307 households among three agro-ecological zones in rural communities of Kilosa District-Tanzania to measure food security. Households were surveyed once during the rainy season (February–May) and once immediately post...

Author(s): J. Ntwenya, J. Kinabo, J. Msuya, P. Mamiro, D. Mamiro and L. Katalambula

December 2015

Using improved varieties and fertility enhancements for increasing yield of common beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) grown by small-landholder farmers in Uganda

Productivity of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) in Uganda is less than 30% of the yield of improved varieties grown on research stations. This yield gap has been attributed mainly to low soil fertility and susceptibility of local varieties saved by farmers to pest and disease infestations. This study evaluated the impact of four improved varieties and soil fertility improvement on bean yields on small-landholder...

Author(s): Gerald Sebuwufu, Robert Mazur, Michael Ugen and Mark Westgate

December 2015

Physiological quality of mangaba seeds submitted to drying

Mangaba (Hancornia speciosa Gomes) is a native fruit to Brazil of great importance in its areas of occurrence. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the physiological behavior of mangaba seeds submitted to desiccation. The survey was conducted in the Laboratory of Seeds Analyses of Embrapa Coastal Tablelands, Aracaju, SE, Brazil. The experimental design was completely randomized with five replicates of 25 seeds...

Author(s): Adrielle Naiana Ribeiro Soares, Marília Freitas de Vasconcelos Melo, Marina Ferreira da Vitória and Ana Veruska Cruz da Silva

December 2015

Different sources of silicon in the embryonic development and in the hatching of Meloidogyne javanica

Silicon is the main objective of many researchers whose goal is to see its use as an inductor resistance. The action of the inductor happens in the plants, where it does not affect the pathogen directly, but the effect will contribute for its control. Therefore, the main objective of this report was to evaluate the effect of silicon on the embryonic development and the hatching of Meloidogyne javanica. For this, three...

Author(s): Danielle Mattei and Claudia Regina Dias-Arieira

December 2015

Performance of local rabbit (Lepus nigricollis) fed diets containing different level of fermented coffee pulp

An experiment to study the hematological energy and protein retention of body rabbit, performance and carcass quality responses of  rabbit (Lepus nigricollis) fed diets containing different levels of fermented coffee pulp was carried out for 12 weeks. A Completely Randomized Design Consisted of five treatments and eight replicates was used in this experiment. A total of 80  rabbits were divided into 40 lots of...

Author(s): I. Made Nuriyasa, I. Made Mastika and G. Ayu Mayani Kristina Dewi

December 2015

Genetic divergence among accessions of Carthamus tinctorius L. by morphoagronomic traits

Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius L.) is a crop that produces oil with high content of oleic and linoleic acids, which has great quality for human consumption and industrial use, such as in biodiesel production, and cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. The objective of this study was to quantify the genetic diversity among 20 safflower genotypes by morphological characteristics. The genotypes were grouped into nine groups based...

Author(s): Carlos J. da Silva, Alexandre C. da Silva, Tiago Zoz, Eder Victor B. Toppa, Pedro B. Silva and Maurício D. Zanotto

December 2015

Revaluation of activated sludge and chicken manure through composting by aerobic process

The activated sludge from the wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) of Tipaza, rich in plant sawdust, and chicken manure from the company Avicola, rich in nitrogenous matter, appears to be perfectly compatible for co-composting. The compost of these two biomasses gives a satisfactory result confirmed by the monitoring of the C/N ratio, a key indicator of the state of composts. Furthermore, the physicochemical parameters and...

Author(s): Bouzid Mohammed and Djadi Amina