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: 9 October, 2012; 7(39)

October 2012

Use of biochemical indices and antioxidant enzymes as a screening technique for drought tolerance in Chickpea genotypes (Cicer arietinum L.)

  In order to evaluate the physiological and biochemical traits regarding drought tolerance and further to determine the best criteria for screening and identification of drought tolerant chickpea genotypes, an experiment was conducted in controlled conditions in the Plant Science Research Center of Ferdowsi University of Mashhad in Iran. In this study, two tolerant genotypes (MCC392 and MCC877) and two...

Author(s): Rahbarian Raheleh, Khavari-Nejad Ramazanali, Ganjeali Ali, Bagheri Abdolreza, Najafi Farzanehand Roshanfekr Masoud,

October 2012

Impact of different litters on growth and production of a megascolecid earthworm (Perionyx sansibaricus) in experimental condition

  The paper dealt with the impact of different litters on biomass, instantaneous growth and secondary production of Perionyx sansibaricus cultured in artificial soil for 21 weeks. Biomass of the P. sansibaricus in Mangifera indica litter varied from a minimum value of 30.25 to maximum value of 380.51 g dry wt/m2, 20.34 to 340.89 g dry wt/m2 in Acacia...

Author(s): Akanksha Singh, Priyanka Saha, Suruchi Kumari and M. P. Sinha

October 2012

Growth and yield of sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas L.) as influenced by integrated application of chicken manure and inorganic fertilizer

  Field experiments were conducted at Wa (Guinea savanna agro-ecological zone) and Mampong-Ashanti (forest-savanna transition agro-ecological zone) in 2007 and 2008 to determine the growth and yield response of sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas L.) to chicken manure, inorganic fertilizer (NPK, 15-15-15) and combinations thereof. The experimental design used was a randomized complete block design (RCBD) with...

Author(s): S. B. Yeng, K. Agyarko, H. K. Dapaah, W. J. Adomako and E. Asare

October 2012

The distribution of Russian Wheat Aphid, Diuraphis noxia (Kurdjumov) (Hemiptera: Aphididae) in Turkey

  The Russian wheat aphid, Diuraphis noxia (Kurdjumov) (Hemiptera: Aphididae), is one of the most economically important and widely distributed pests of wheat in the world. In 1962, D. noxia caused crop losses between 25 and 60% in the central province of Konya, Turkey. In this study, the current status of the pest in wheat-producing areas of Turkey was investigated along a route from Izmir...

Author(s): Ferit Turanli, Astrid Jankielsohn, Alexey Morgounov and Mehmet Cakir

October 2012

Assessment of rural households ‘cooking energy choice during kerosene subsidy in Nigeria: A case study of Oluyole Local Government Area of Oyo State

  The choice of domestic cooking energy in rural Nigeria is an issue for addressing deforestation and health hazards resulting from indoor air pollution. The study compared the demand for different cooking energy sources before and after implementation of kerosene subsidy and determined the correlates of choosing fuel wood/charcoal. The data were collected with structured questionnaires administered to 120...

Author(s): A. S. Oyekale, A. M. Dare and O. O. Olugbire

October 2012

Enhancing food security through cultivation of traditional food crops in Nhema communal area, Midlands Province, Zimbabwe

  The aim of the present investigation was to document the contribution of traditional food crops to food security in Nhema communal area, Midlands Province, Zimbabwe. The study employed oral interviews and detailed discussions with 78 participants. A total of 23 plant species were identified as important traditional food crops in Nhema communal area. The most commonly grown traditional food crops...

Author(s): Alfred Maroyi

October 2012

Nodulation, leaf harvesting intensity and interval of the black-eyed bean (BEB) (Vigna unguiculata L. Walpers) cowpea type at the University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe

  A glasshouse pot experiment was carried out at the University of Zimbabwe, Crop Science Department in 2006 to 2007 rainy season to determine the effect of leaf harvesting intensity and interval on cowpea biological nitrogen fixation through nodulation. The experiment was designed as a three factor factorial. The first factor was leaf harvesting frequency with two levels: leaves harvested weekly or...

Author(s): A. Matikiti, Z. Chikwambi, C. Nyakanda and A. B Mashingaidze

October 2012

Growth and Cu and Zn uptake of two forage grasses affected by application of vermicompost spiked with different metal contents

  To identify environmental risks of vermicompost-borne pollutants after consecutive application for different times, pot experiments were conducted to evaluate the effects of application of polluted vermicompost produced by Eisenia fetida on growth and Cu and Zn uptake of Mexico corn (Euchlaena mexicana) and Sudan grass (Sorghum hybrid Sudangrass) as well as soil characteristics. The...

Author(s): Haixiang Cheng, Guangming Tian, Xiuying Jia, Weiqin Zhu and Ji Yang

October 2012

Assessment of spatial variability of selected soil chemical properties in a communal irrigation scheme under resource-poor farming conditions in Vhembe District of Limpopo Province, South Africa

  An understanding of spatial variability of chemical soil properties is necessary for proper nutrient management. Therefore spatial variabilities of soil pH, P, K, Ca and Mg in communal irrigation scheme under resource-poor farming conditions were determined. A total of 230 soil samples were collected from two soil depths (0 to 30 and 30 to 60 cm) at 100 m grid intervals. Basic statistics and geostatistical...

Author(s): L. O. Nethononda, J. J. O. Odhiambo and D. G. Paterson