African Journal of
Plant Science

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Plant Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0824
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPS
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 722

Table of Content: December 2013; 7(12)

December 2013

Ripening of sapodilla fruits (Manilkara zapota [L.] P. Royen) treated with 1-methylcyclopropene after refrigeration

An experiment was conducted during the year 2010 to evaluate the effect of the treatment with 1-methylcyclopropene (1-MCP) on the ripening process of sapodilla fruits, after refrigeration. The fruits were exposed to 0 and 1 µL/L of 1-MCP for 24 h in airtight chambers at 25°C, after which they were stored at 16°C for four periods of refrigeration (0, 11, 18 and 25 days). At the end of each refrigeration...

Author(s): Victor M. Moo-Huchin, Raciel Estrada-León, Iván A. Estrada-Mota, Luis F. Cuevas-Glory and Enrique Sauri-Duch

December 2013

An overview of human-plant interaction in Nikyal rangeland district Kotli Azad Jammu and Kashmir

The aim of this study was to document the local uses of important plant species of Nikyal valley particularly medicinal, fodder, fuel, timber, fruit, vegetable, tanning, dying and furniture uses. A total of 111 species belonging form 51 families were found to have a variety of uses by the local people for the accomplishment of their basic needs. These species includes 9 tree 20 shrubs and 82 herbs. The major bulk of 52...

Author(s): Muhammad Shoaib Amjad, Muhammad Arshad and Malik Zahid Hussain

December 2013

Species composition, diversity and distribution in a disturbed Takamanda Rainforest, South West, Cameroon

This study assessed the diversity and distribution of trees and shrubs in a 16 ha disturbed plot in the Takamanda Rainforest. Linear transects (8) were laid in the field which radiated from the centre of the plot. The girth of the trees and shrubs were measured and species identified. A total of 99 species (72 trees and 27 shrubs) belonging to 87 genera and 34 families were recorded. Caesalpinaceae was the most...

Author(s): Njoh Roland Ndah, Egbe Enow Andrew and Eneke Bechem

December 2013

Effect of salt stress on osmolyte accumulation in two groundnut cultivars (Arachis hypogaea L.) with contrasting salt tolerance

The effects of salt stress on the level of osmolyte accumulation in two different cultivars (K-134 and JL-24) of groundnut seedlings were studied. Seeds were grown at different concentrations of NaCl stress: 50, 100 and 150 mM and their respective controls (0.0% NaCl) for nine days. Salt stress resulted in a significant modification in the level of osmolyte accumulation in the two cultivars of groundnut. The...

Author(s): Ranganayakulu G. S., Veeranagamallaiah G. and Chinta Sudhakar

December 2013

The effects of pH and growing medium type on the susceptibility of Moringa oleifera to fungal diseases during seedling emergence

Moringa oleifera seed germinates poorly and most seedlings die during early establishment. To solve this problem, the effects of pH and growing medium type on the susceptibility of M. oleifera to fungal diseases during seed emergence and early seedling establishment were evaluated in a 3 x 6 factorial experiment arranged as a randomized complete block design with three replications in a greenhouse experiment. Six...

Author(s): Maria Goss, Tendai. A. Shiri and Upenyu Mazarura

December 2013

Knowledge on cassava disease management: The case of cassava brown streak disease awareness in Northern Uganda

The cassava brown streak disease (CBSD) has spread rapidly in Northern Uganda since its emergence in Uganda in 2005. Field surveys conducted in 2010 and 2011 by Ngetta Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute (Ngetta ZARDI) revealed high CBSD prevalence in the zone. CBSD epidemic has severely affected livelihood of smallholder farmers in the region. Lack of knowledge on disease recognition and management...

Author(s): A. Kumakech, A. Acipa, V. Tumwine and G. A. Maiteki

December 2013

Pollen morphology of seven wild species of Acacia in Saudi Arabia

Pollen micromorphological characters such as pollen size, shape, number of associated monads, colpi and ornamentation of the tectum surface, of seven species of Acacia belonging to the family Mimosaceae were studied, using light microscope (LM) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). The study showed that the pollen size range from 42.1 to 69.4 µm, pollen shape is round to semi- round, the number of associated...

Author(s): Ahlam A. Al-Watban, Ebtesam Al-Mogren, Abdullah R. Doaigey and Mohamed El Zaidy

December 2013

Petiole anatomy of some species of Asteraceae in southwest Nigeria

Petiole anatomy of 12 species of Asteraceae around Ile-Ife in South-Western Nigeria was described. Transverse section of the petiole (median) was cut at 20 µ using Reichert Sledge Microtome. The specimens were stained in 1% aqueous solution of Safranin O for 5 min, washed in three changes of water to remove excess stain and counterstained in 1% solution of Alcian blue for 5 min, and cleared in xylene. The section...

Author(s): AKINNUBI Funmilola Mabel, AKINLOYE Akinwumi Johnson and OLADIPO Olaniran Temitope

December 2013

Effect of intra-row spacing on yield and quality of some onion varieties (Allium cepa L.) at Aksum, Northern Ethiopia

Lack of improved varieties and production practices have been the major bottlenecks of onion production and productivity in Tigray, particularly at Aksum area. There have been no recommended intra-row spacing and variety for that area specifically; rather farmers used to practice non-uniform plant spacing. Thus, a field experiment was conducted to investigate the influence of intra-row spacing, variety and their...

Author(s): Yemane Kahsay, Derbew Belew and Fetien Abay