African Journal of
Plant Science

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Plant Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0824
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPS
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 718

Full Length Research Paper

Long term effect of Leucaena leucocephala on soil physico-chemical properties and fresh fruit bunch (FFB) production of oil palm

Imogie, A. E., Udosen, C.V., Ugbah, M. M. and Utulu, S. N.
Agronomy Division, Nigerian Institute for Oil Palm Research (NIFOR), P.M.B. 1030, Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 26 November 2008
  •  Published: 30 November 2008

Abstract

The study investigated a long-term effect of Leucaena leucocephala a leguminous tree crop on the soil physico-chemical properties and its possible effect on the fresh fruit bunch (FFB) production of oil palm. L. leucocephala had a highly significant (P<.01) effect on soil physico-chemical properties than the control.  The soil under Leucaena leucocephala exhibited relatively high mean weight diameter, water retention, total soil available N, available P and Exchangeable cation, than the control, and thus enhanced fresh fruit bunch (FFB) production.  Mean fresh fruit bunch yield, over a three year period, was significantly higher (P<0.05), with FFB yields of 10.93 tons / ha in plots with L. leucocephala as against 6.8 tons / ha in the control plots.

 

Key words: Long term (to be deleted), Leucaena leucocephala, physico-chemical properties, fresh fruit bunch yields.