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: 28 May 2015; 10(22)

May 2015

Gender differences and challenges in cassava production and processing in Abia State, Nigeria

The study investigated the level of involvement of male and female farmers in small scale production and processing of cassava in Abia State, Nigeria. The objectives of the study were to determine the socioeconomic profile of the cassava farmers, identify the constraints in cassava production and suggest the possible remedies to improve cassava production in the study area. The result revealed that despite the fact that...

Author(s): Ezeibe, Adaku Bridget, Edafiogho, Dennis Oghenekevwe, Okonkwo, Ngozi Alice and Okide, Charity Chinelo

May 2015

Solar photovoltaic water pumping system for irrigation: A review

Irrigation is a well established procedure on many farms and is practiced on various levels around the world. It allows diversification of crops, while increasing crop yields. However, typical irrigation systems consume a great amount of conventional energy through the use of electric motors and generators powered by fuel. Photovoltaic energy can find many applications in agriculture, providing electrical energy in...

Author(s): V. B. Shinde and S. S. Wandre

May 2015

Cloning and gene expression analysis of ascorbic acid biosynthesis enzymes in Moringa oleifera

Moringa (Moringa oleifera), which is a semi-tropical plant, is used as food and for the production of medicines and oil products, because of a large amount of various nutrients including ascorbic acid (AsA). Although Moringa leaf has a high AsA content, the molecular mechanisms of AsA accumulation in Moringa have received little attention. In this study, we isolated Moringa cDNAs for enzymes, belonging to the major AsA...

Author(s): Takayuki Kondo, Yukichi Fujikawa, Akihiro Ueda, Toshinori Nagaoka, Hirofumi Saneoka, Milton Martínez González, Manuel Calcaño, David Hernández-Martich and Muneharu Esaka

May 2015

Sensitive parameters for EPIC model evaluation and validity under soil water and nutrients limited conditions with NERICA cropping in West Africa

Crop models known to be based on the theory of crop physiology for describing the dynamic process of crop growth are recently explored for their uncertainties in model application under resource limited conditions. The aim of this study was to test Environmental Policy Integrated Climate (EPIC), on upland land rice production by taking into account seasonal variability in Guinean and Guinean-Sudanian zones in Benin and...

Author(s): Omonlola Nadine Worou, Thomas Gaiser and Sylvester Oikeh

May 2015

Response of lettuce crop to magnetically treated irrigation water and different irrigation depths

The effects of irrigation with magnetically treated water (MTW) and common water (CW) on lettuce plantations at different irrigation depths were analyzed. Current assay was conducted in a greenhouse and featured an experimental 2 x 5 design with randomized blocks and ten replications, comprising two water sources (MTW and CW) and five irrigation depths (replacement of 25, 50, 75, 100 and 125% of evapotranspiration of...

Author(s): Fernando Ferrari Putti, Luís Roberto Almeida Gabriel Filho,  Antonio Evaldo Klar, Josué Ferreira da Silva Junior, Camila Pires Cremasco, and Rafael Ludwig

May 2015

Characterization of Erwinia chrysanthemi isolates inciting stalk rot disease of sorghum

Stalk rot of sorghum plants caused by Erwinia chrysanthemi is one of the most destructive diseases of sorghum crop. Twenty one of bacterial isolates were isolated from stalk of sorghum plants from different location of U.S. Nagar district of Uttarakhand, India. Biochemical, physiological and morphological characterization of E. chrysanthemi was done for confirmation of the bacterium specie. Bacterial suspension [0.7%...

Author(s): Bhupendra Singh Kharayat and Yogendra Singh

May 2015

Growth and efficiency of water use of papaya cultivars (Carica papaya L.) under doses of bovine biofertilizer in hydroponics cultivation

Among the fruit plants cultivated in Brazil, papaya (Carica papaya L.) stands out by having high productivity of fruit quality. The seedling production system of this culture needs a technology that promotes the production of plants with high physiological and sanitary quality. Thus, we aimed to evaluate the growth, dry matter accumulation and the efficiency of water use of papaya cultivars under doses of bovine...

Author(s): Emanoela Pereira de Paiva, Francisco Vanies da Silva Sá, Evandro Franklin de Mesquita, Marcelo de Andrade Barbosa, Lauter Silva Souto, Francisco Marto de Sousa, Lourival Ferreira Cavalcante and Antonio Michael Pereira Bertino