African Journal of
Biotechnology

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Biotechnol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1684-5315
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJB
  • Start Year: 2002
  • Published Articles: 12184

Table of Content: 24 September, 2014; 13(39)

September 2014

Genetic variability in coat protein gene of sugarcane mosaic virus in Pakistan and its relationship to other strains

Sugarcane mosaic virus (SCMV) is one of the three causative viruses of mosaic in sugarcane, a sugar crop widely grown under tropical and subtropical conditions worldwide. Although molecular characterization of SCMV strains was reported from many countries, strain occurring in Pakistan, a major sugarcane producer has not been reported so far. One hundred and two (102) sugarcane samples from foremost sugarcane growing...

Author(s): Sajed Ali, Idrees Ahmad Nasir, Arfan Ali, Usman Aslam, Abdul Munim Farooq,  Muhammad Tariq, Bushra Tabassum, Zahida Qamar, Tahir Rehman Samiullah, Abdul Qayyum Rao and Tayyab Hussnain

September 2014

Effect of exogenous phytohormones and sucrose on micropropagation and microtuberisation of Manihot esculenta Crantz var. TMS 96/0023

The effect of exogenous phytohormones and sucrose on micropropagation and microtuberization from nodal cuttings of Manihot esculenta was studied. Direct and indirect organogeneses were established from these explants. When nodal cuttings were cultured in the presence of 0.01 to 0.1 mg.L-1 of BAP or NAA there was induction of the budding of axillary buds, with the highest percentages of nodal cuttings with axillaries...

Author(s): Fotso, Elian Hubert Dieu Béni, Tchouga Alvine Ornella, Djeuani Astride carole, Mbouobda Hermann Desire, and Omokolo Ndoumou Denis

September 2014

Microbial and heavy metal contamination of pineapple products processed by small and medium scale processing enterprises in Rwanda

Fruit products are increasingly consumed but highly prone to microbial deterioration if not adequately processed and stored. The present study was conducted to evaluate the microbial and heavy metal concentrations of packed pineapple nectars, syrups and jams processed by 10 Small and Medium scale pineapple processing Enterprises (SMEs) over a storage duration of 12 months. Collected samples were analysed to determine...

Author(s): Christine Mukantwali, , Henry Laswai, Bendantunguka Tiisekwa and Simeon Wiehler 

September 2014

Evaluation of genotoxicity of profenofos to freshwater fish Channa punctatus (Bloch) using the micronucleus assay

The present study investigates the genotoxicity of profenofos (PFF), an organophosphate pesticide in erythrocyte cells of freshwater fish, Channa punctata (Bloch) using micronucleus assay. The 96 h LC50 value of PFF (50% EC) was estimated for the fish species in a semistatic system and then 50% of LC50 was determined as 1.15 ppb. The fish specimens were exposed to 1.15 ppb sublethal concentration of the pesticide and...

Author(s): Atindra Kumar Pandey, N. S. Nagpure and Sunil P. Trivedi

September 2014

Nigerian mistletoe (Loranthus micranthus Linn) aqueous leaves extract modulates some cardiovascular disease risk factors in monosodium glutamate induced metabolic dysfunction

The safety of monosodium glutamates (MSG's) usage has generated much controversy locally and globally. This study investigates the efficacy of Loranthus micranthus in modulating the metabolic disorder associated with MSG intake. Thirty five (35) female rats randomized to three groups labeled 1 (7 rats), 2 (21 rats) and 3 (7 rats), respectively were used. They were administered with normal saline, MSG (200 mg/Kg) and...

Author(s): Emmanuel O. Ajani, Olugbenga O. Ogunlabi, , Bukunola O. Adegbesan, Oluwatobi E. Adeosun and Olalekan Akinwande