Journal of
Soil Science and Environmental Management

  • Abbreviation: J. Soil Sci. Environ. Manage.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2391
  • DOI: 10.5897/JSSEM
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 311


Economic importance of termites and integrated soil and water conservation for the rehabilitation of termite-degraded lands and termite management in Ethiopia

Daniel Getahun Debelo
  • Daniel Getahun Debelo
  • Department of Applied Biology, Adama Science and Technology University, P. O. Box 1888, Adama, Ethiopia.
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  •  Received: 07 January 2020
  •  Accepted: 10 April 2020
  •  Published: 31 May 2020


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Daniel G, EmanaG (2015). Farmers' knowledge, perceptions and management practices of termites in the central rift valley of Ethiopia.African Journal of Agricultural Research 10(36):3625-3635.


Daniel G, EmanaG (2017). Study on termite damage to different species of tree seedlings in the Central Rift Valley of Ethiopia. African Journal of Agricultural Research 12(3):161-168.


Daniel G, Emana G (2014). Studies on ecology of mound-building termites in the Central Rift Valley of Ethiopia. International Journal of Agricultural Sciences 4(12):326-333.


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Demissie G, Mendesil E, Diro D, Tefera T (2019). Effect of crop diversification and mulching on termite damage to maize in western Ethiopia. Crop Protection 124 (2019) 104723. 


Dereje D, Debela K, Wakgari K, Zelalem D, Gutema B, Gerba L, Adugna T (2014). Assessment of livestock production system and feed resources availability in three villages of Diga district Ethiopia.International Livestock Research Institute. View


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Negassa W, Sileshi GW (2018). Integrated soil fertility management reduces termite damage to crops on degraded soils in western Ethiopia. Agriculture Ecosystems and Environment 251:124-131.


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Ofgaa J, Bekele J, Emana G, Siyouum E (2007). Prevalence of termites and level of damage on major field crops and rangelands in the ManasibuDistict, Western Ethiopia. Ethiopian Journal of Biological Sciences 6(2):115-128.


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