International Journal of
Biodiversity and Conservation

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Biodivers. Conserv.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-243X
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJBC
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 632

Table of Content: October 2012; 4(13)

October 2012

Studies on the community ecology of cattle egrets Bubulcus ibis coromandus (Boddaert) in Jammu (Jammu and Kashmir), India

  Some species of birds mirror an association with herbivores like buffaloes, cows, horses and goats to have their sustenance by feeding on insects living either near or on them. This paper attempts to document such associations of cattle egrets with the above mentioned mammals and birds like little egret, pond heron, common myna, cormorants and purple moorhen thereby throwing light on the various foraging...

Author(s): Deep Novel Kour and D. N. Sahi

October 2012

Studies on genetic variability for morphological, water use efficiency, yield and yield traits in early segregating generation of groundnut (Arachis hypogaea L)

  Twenty eight F2 populations were evaluated for genetic parameters of 23 characters of morphological, physiological, yield and yield attributes during spring 2009. TPT-4 x ICGV-91114 was distinct for its lowest mean value for days to maturity and highest mean values for number of well-filled and mature pods per plant, shelling percentage, 100- kernel weight. The F2 involving JL-220 as one of the...

Author(s): K. John, P. Raghava Reddy, K. Haripraad Reddy, P. Sudhakar and N. P. Eswar Reddy

October 2012

Genetic diversity assessment of Phaseolus vulgaris L. landraces in Nigeria’s mid-altitude agroecological zone

  Phaseolus vulgaris L. is a valuable and highly nutritious food legume. In Nigeria, it is highly underutilized, being consumed in few parts of Plateau and Taraba States within the mid-altitude agroecological zone. In order to provide information on breeding and improvement for better acceptability, genetic diversity among eleven landraces grown within this zone, belonging to six phenotypic classes based...

Author(s): Adesoye A.I. and Ojobo O.A.

October 2012

Traditional uses and cultivation of indigenous watermelons (Citrullus lanatus) in Mali

  Traditional knowledge associated with uses and cultivation of indigenous watermelon landraces was surveyed in five regions of Mali. Production of local types of watermelon plays an important role for many households. Farmers in charge of the production were mostly men, while women were in charge of seed extraction and processing. In total, ten types of landraces were differentiated, of which seven were seed...

Author(s): Aminata Dolo Nantoumé, Sidiki Traoré, Jorgen Lindskrog Christiansen, Sven Bode Andersenand Brita Dahl Jensen

October 2012

The impact, uses, and ecological role of agrestals in two selected agroecosystems of Eastern India

  Agricultural fields contain some small plants (weeds) which are known as agrestals. Generally, weeds are perceived as unwanted intruders in agro-ecosystems that compete for resources, reduce yields, and force the use of human labor and technology to prevent crop losses; but not all weeds are undesirable. Some weeds act as valuable agro-ecosystem components. They serve as nutritious foods, and important...

Author(s): Saurav Dwari and Amal Kumar Mondal

October 2012

Interactions between short-beaked common dolphin (Delphinus delphis) and the winter pelagic pair-trawl fishery off Southwest England (UK)

  During offshore and onshore studies (2004 to 2009), the interactions between pair-trawls and short-beaked common dolphins (Delphinus delphis) were studied to better understand the impact of bycatch. A ‘hotspot’ area where pair-trawls overlapped with high dolphin abundance was identified. We made comparisons between boat-based data collected in absence and presence of pair-trawlers....

Author(s): Marijke N. de Boer,, James T. Saulino, Mardik F. Leopold, Peter J. H. Reijnders, and Mark P. Simmonds

October 2012

Land use practices and their implications on soil macro-fauna in Maasai Mara ecosystem

  The composition, abundance, diversity and species richness of soil macro-fauna communities were assessed in four major land use types present within protected and agricultural landscapes in Maasai Mara savannah ecosystem (MME), Kenya. The four land uses were: natural grassland; woodland, inside and outside protected area; maize mono-cropping and maize-bean intercropping systems in adjacent agricultural farms....

Author(s): Mary Nyawira Muchane, Daniel Karanja, Geoffrey Mwangi Wambugu, Joseph Mwangi Mutahi, Clet Wandui Masiga, Charles Mugoya and Muchane Muchai

October 2012

Effects of sugarcane farming on diversity of vegetable crops in Mumias Division, Western Kenya

  Sugarcane farming is a commercial monocultural land use practice which often lead to reduction in agrobiodiversity. The study was carried out in Mumias Division of Western Kenya where 68% of the land is under commercial sugarcane cultivation while 32% is left for subsistence agriculture and other land uses. The objectives of the study were: to identify the indigenous vegetable grown in Mumias...

Author(s): Nelly Masayi and Godfrey Wafula Netondo

October 2012

Distribution, conservation and folk uses of Vaibidang (Embelia ribes Burm. f.)

  Vaibidang (Embelia ribes Burm. f.) is a red listed climbing shrub found in the semi-evergreen to evergreen forests of India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and China, whose fruits are used in a large number of Ayurvedic formulations. It is traditionally used as analgesic, antipyretic, antibacterial, antifertility and anthelmintic in different parts of India. The dosage of traditional...

Author(s): Rama Shankar, G. S. Lavekar, Sourabh Deb, B. K. Sharma  and M.S.Rawat