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: 29 October, 2015; 10(44)

October 2015

Genetic variation of selected quality protein maize inbred lines

Maize (Zea mays L.) is a widely cultivated crop in South Africa and forms the main food crop of thousands of rural communities in the country. In order to improve food and nutrition security for marginalised communities, there is need to develop numerous elite quality protein maize (QPM) varieties. The success of a breeding programme is dependent on the existence of molecular variability among the germplasm. The...

Author(s): Cleopatra Nyaradzo Pfunde, Charles Shelton Mutengwa and Graeme Bradley

October 2015

Length of condyles and phalanges of Brazilian bovines (Nellore, Pantaneira, Curraleira) and water buffaloes (Murrah × Jafarabadi) measured by radiographic images: post-mortem study

The diversity between the ruminants’ digits makes it necessary to study the anatomical features in all these animals. For this purpose, the left forelimb and hind limb of Brazilian male bovine breeds (Curraleira, n=15; Pantaneira, n=15; Nellore, n=15) and water buffaloes (n=12) were used. Dorsopalmar/plantar radiographies were obtained. Then they were photographed, digitalized and analyzing by computer program...

Author(s): L. H. Silva, N. C. Borges, A. P. A. Costa, H. C. M. Pires, M. C. S. Fioravanti, L. A. F. Silva, E. Arnhold and O. C. Silva

October 2015

Proteins expression and germination of maize seeds submitted to saline stress

Plants are frequently exposed to various biotic and abiotic stresses that impair their growth, development and limit the productivity. In the present work the objective was to evaluate the effect of saline stress on the germination and biochemical alterations by the expression of enzymatic systems in corn seeds treated with different concentrations of NaCl. Hybrid maize seeds (H1, H2, H3) were used during 2013 cropping...

Author(s): Heloisa Oliveira dos Santos, Raquel Maria de Oliveira Pires, Édila Vilela de Resende Von Pinho, Eric Schwan Resende, Valkiria Fabiana da Silva and Maria Laene Moreira de Carvalho

October 2015

Beneficiaries’ perception of selected rural women empowerment projects in Ogun State, Nigeria

Problems militating against women development in rural areas revolve round their inability to develop themselves in their chosen economic activities. This study examined the beneficiaries’ perception of selected agricultural empowerment projects components targeted at women in rural communities of Ogun State, Nigeria. The projects were Cassava: Adding Values Africa (C:AVA), Justice, Development and Peace Movement...

Author(s): Adeleke-Bello, O. O. and Ashimolowo, O.R

October 2015

Supplemental irrigation levels in bell pepper under shade mesh and in open-field: Crop coefficient, yield, fruit quality and water productivity

This study aims to evaluate the effects of supplemental irrigation in bell pepper crop under shade mesh and in open-field to improve management of water resources. The experimental design was a randomized complete block with four replications and ten treatments in factorial arrangement (five irrigation levels combined with two shade levels). Irrigation treatments were 0.25, 0.50, 0.75 and 1.0 rate of crop...

Author(s): Richard Alberto Rodríguez Padrón, Jerson Vanderlei Carús Guedes, Alexandre Swarowsky, Cicero Urbanetto Nogueira, Roxanna Rosales Cerquera and Juan Carlos Díaz-Pérez

October 2015

Fertilization with poultry litter in a corn crop for silage

The increase in broiler production in Brazil has increased the production of poultry litter. Thus, the management and adequate disposal of this waste is recommended. Agricultural use is a promising solution. This study evaluated the productivity of corn for silage with different fertilizations of poultry litter. The production of Dry Matter (DM), Crude Protein (CP), Ether Extract (EE), Mineral Matter (MM) and Organic...

Author(s): Giancarlo Dalla Costa, Leopoldo Sussumu Matsumoto, Marcelo Alves da Silva, Luís Murilo Ferraz de Almeida, Emília de Paiva Porto, Gilberto Bueno Demétrio, Rodrigo Domiciano Marques and Marcos Augusto Alves da Silva

October 2015

Effects of climate variability on the choices of livelihood among farm households in Anambra State, Nigeria

Climate variability has detrimental effects on the livelihoods of rural people who depend on agriculture. The situation becomes critical because of the significant contributions of agriculture to the economic and social well being of the rural people. The effects of climate variability could manifest in declining agricultural productivity and competitiveness, greater risks to human health, increased unemployment and...

Author(s): Festus Ugwoke Agbo, Rosemary Nnedinso Arua and Eucharia Anulika Okonkwo