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: 5 June 2014; 9(23)

June 2014

Morphological characteristics of mycelia growth of two strains of the indigenous medicinal mushroom, Lentinus squarrosulus Mont. (Singer), on solid media

Morphological characteristics of the mycelia growth of two wild strains of Lentinus squarrosulus Mont. (Singer), Sqw and Lsf, collected from the Volta and Greater Accra regions of Ghana respectively, were studied. Growth characteristics including mycelia growth rate and mycelia density and morphology by the 7th and 26th days of incubation on solid media formulated from four lignocellulosic wastes: elephant grass...

Author(s): Deborah L. Narh Mensah and Mary Obodai

June 2014

Azosprillium based integrated nutrient management for conserving soil moisture and increasing sorghum productivity

In this field study, we evaluated the utilization of Azosprillium with organic amendments and urea in winter sorghum productivity in order to achieve the best results with minimum nitrogen utilization in Vertisols under different rainfall situations of SAT, India. Results showed that the organic materials application conserved more rainwater in top 0.60 m soil profile. Across three years of study, Azospirillum seed...

Author(s): S. L. Patil

June 2014

Importance of designer eggs for the Nigerian population

Epidemiological studies have led to recommendations that people should consume at least two servings of fruit and three servings of vegetable daily for healthy living but majority of Nigerians falls well short of meeting these guidelines. Hence, there is a need to make up for this shortage. Through studies, it has been established that in addition to being a natural functional food, the egg’s nutrient content...

Author(s): Dike I. P.

June 2014

The effect of plant mulching and covering on the lettuce yield and nitrate content (Lactuca sativa L.)

Two year experiment was conducted in the Teaching and Research Farm of Department of Crop Science, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Nigeria, Nsukka to: compare the effect of combined municipal solid waste (MSW) and NPK fertilizer application on yield components, yield and proximate composition of maize. A 4 × 4 factorial experiment in Randomized Complete Block Design (RCBD) with three replications was...

Author(s): Ivana Tošić, Žarko Ilin, Ivana Maksimović and Slobodanka Pavlović

June 2014

Composted municipal solid waste and NPK fertilizer effect on yield, yield components and proximate composition of maize

Two year experiment was conducted in the Teaching and Research Farm of Department of Crop Science, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Nigeria, Nsukka to: compare the effect of combined MSW and NPK fertilizer application on yield components, yield and proximate composition of maize. A 4 × 4 factorial experiment in Randomized Complete Block Design (RCBD) with three replications was used for the study. The two...

Author(s): ONWUDIWE Nikejah, OGBONNA Peter E., ONYEONAGU C. C., EJIOFOR Elizabeth E. and OLAJIDE Kolawole

June 2014

Conventional and twin row spacing in different population densities for maize (Zea mays L.)

The increase in maize yield is directly related to management practices, especially the manipulation of spatial arrangement of plants. This work aimed, evaluated the effect of conventional and twin-row spacing in different plant densities for maize, in the crop year 2011/2012. The treatments consisted of combinations between two rows spacing (twin-row spacing (0.2 x 0.7 m) and conventional spacing (0.7 m)) and five...

Author(s): Zenilson Balem, Alcir José Modolo, Michelangelo Müzell Trezzi, Thiago de Oliveira Vargas, Murilo Mesquita Baesso, Evandro Martin Brandelero and Emerson Trogello

June 2014

Soil evaporation under different straw mulch fractions

This study was conducted at the Agronomic Institute of Parana (IAPAR), Londrina, Parana state (latitude 23° 18' S, longitude 51° 09' W, average elevation of 585 m). Londrina's climate in Köppen's classification is Cfa type, that is, humid subtropical climate with rain in all seasons and droughts in winter. Soil water evaporation (E) was determined for different soil mulching cover fractions....

Author(s): Paulo Sérgio Lourenço de Freitas, Ricardo Gava, Rogério Teixeira de Faria, Roberto Rezende and Paulo Vinicius Demeneck Vieira

June 2014

Variation in yield component, phenology and morphological traits among Moroccan bitter vetch landraces Vicia ervilia (L.) Wild.

In this study, 19 ecotypes of Vicia ervilia (L.) Willd. sampled in the traditional agro ecosystems of the Rif mountains (Northwestern of Morocco) were investigated for their characteristics related to germination, phenology, morphology and yield. A large variation was determined among these traditional populations, especially among productive capacity traits as harvest index, which variation can reach up to 40%. The...

Author(s): Salama El Fatehi, Gilles Béna, Abdelkarim Filali-Maltouf, and Mohammed Ater,

June 2014

Rural development through the inclusion of family farming into the biodiesel production chain: Learning from Brazilian experience

This article presents a critical review of the Brazilian government’s initiative to use biodiesel production to promote rural development by means of the inclusion of family farmers in the biodiesel production chain. The paper describes the dynamics of the National Program for Production and Use of Biodiesel (PNPB) and comments some of its results. Both the number of farmers included and their income have been...

Author(s): Aldara da Silva César, Mário Otávio Batalha and Marco Antonio Conejero