African Journal of
Plant Science

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Plant Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0824
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPS
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 774

AJPS Articles

Comparative pathogenicity studies of the Xanthomonas vasicola species on maize, sugarcane and banana

September 2015

Previous biochemical and molecular sequence analyses of Xanthomonas campestris pathovar musacearum, the etiological agent of banana Xanthomonas wilt, suggest that it belongs within the species Xanthomonas vasicola (X. vasicola pv. vasculorum and X. vasicola pathovar holcicola. However, the X. vasicola pathovar names were considered invalid according to pathovar naming standards and placed as one X. vasicola species;...

Author(s): G. Karamura, Julian Smith, David Studholme, Jerome Kubiriba, and E. Karamura

Soya bean glycine max (l.) Merr. genetic resources in Tanzania, 1905-2013

September 2015

Soya beans, first grown in what is now Tanzania early in the twentieth century, have always been a minor crop in area planted and total production.  German East Africa introductions before 1918 were from Japan, China and Rhodesia.  Introductions by the British Trusteeship of Tanganyika in 1938 and 1939 were from India, South Africa, the USA and the Far East.  Hernon 237 was introduced in 1950 to replace...

Author(s): R. Trevor Wilson

Rizobacteria in the control of pest insects in agriculture

September 2015

Biological control of pest insects in agriculture is the focus of many studies, because of the risks in the continuous use of synthetic insecticides, which can cause resistant pests or the occurrence of secondary pests. The use of microorganisms like endophytic bacteria has been performed separately or combined with other forms of control in the Integrated Pest Management. Endophytic bacteria live inside host plants,...

Author(s): Erica de Oliveira Araujo

Characterization of fructans from Agave durangensis

September 2015

Agave plants are members of the Agavaceae family and utilize crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM) for CO2 fixation. Fructans are the main photosynthetic products produced by Agave plants, and are their principal source of storage carbohydrates. The aim of this work was to determine the chemical and molecular characterization of fructans from Agave durangensis. Fructans were extracted from 10 year old A. durangensis...

Author(s): Alma D. Orozco-Cortes, Gerardo Alvarez-Manilla, Gerardo Gutierrez-Sanchez, Olga M. Rutiaga-Quinones, Javier Lopez-Miranda and Nicolas O. Soto-Cruz

A method to use very small size potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) tubers as seed

September 2015

Potato, being a vegetatively propagated crop, tubers of 30-60 g size is used as seed. Whereas, < 20 g size potato tubers are left in the soil itself after harvesting, as they are not suitable either for consumption or seed purpose. Seed pelleting technique is used to increase the tuber size and provide additional nutrient support. Two cultivars of potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) with five different treatments...

Author(s): G. Ravichandran, E. P. Venkatasalam, R. Muthuraj and K. Manorama

Management of plant parasitic nematodes with fulan in mechanized yam production

September 2015

The potential of Fulan (2,5-dimethoxytetrahydrofuran), a synthetic nematicide applied at 10 g /stand and two plant bed types; ridging and mounding to manage plant parasitic nematodes and increase the yield of yam was investigated at Ejura during 2011 and 2012 at three levels of N-P205-K50 (NPK). The factorial experiment was mounted on randomized complete block design and replicated three times. Ridged bed type + the...

Author(s): K. Osei, S. A. Ennin, Y. Danso, E. Owusu Danquah and J. Adomako

Crude protein electrophoresis of Ludwigia (L.) species in Nigeria and its taxonomic implications

September 2015

Leaves of nine species of Ludwigia were collected from Southwestern Nigeria and the crude proteins were extracted and analysed by electrophoretic fractionation. The results shows that Ludwigia octovalvis var linearis, Ludwigia octovalvis var brevisepala, Ludwigia hyssopifolia and Ludwigia abyssinica are more closely related based on the position of protein bands. Also, Ludwigia decurrens A and Ludwigia adscendens subsp....

Author(s): A. E. Folorunso and K. F. Adelalu

Comparative response of catechin levels in drought tolerant and drought susceptible tea clones (Camellia sinensis) (L) O. Kuntze under different moisture regimes

August 2015

In tea (Camellia sinensis) water stress generally affects the content of various plant secondary metabolites including catechins. The objective of the study was to evaluate the effects of different soil moisture content on the catechin levels of various tea clones. We found out that variation of soil water content and accumulation of catechins were strongly correlated. The experiment was conducted in an open field with...

Author(s): Langat, Charles, Gathaara, Moses Hungu and Cheruiyot, Richard

Genetic variability studies of Valencia groundnut varieties for late leaf spot (Phaeoisariopsis personata) resistance

August 2015

The study was initiated to determine the genetic variability of late leaf spot (LLS) resistance among segregating generations of Valencia groundnut varieties. Crosses were made between NuMex-M3 × ICGV-SM 02501, Valencia C × ICGV-SM 02501, Redbeauty × ICGV-SM 03590 and Valencia C × SGV-07009 parental lines and the resulting generations (F1, F2, BC1P1 and BC1P2,), along with parents for each cross,...

Author(s): Wambi, Pinehas Tukamuhabwa, Sivananda Varma Tirumalaraju, David Kalule Okello, Carl Michael Deom, Boris E. Bravo-Ureta and Naveen Puppala 

Vital role of herbal medicines in women’s health: A perspective review

August 2015

This is a perspective review of medicinal plants useful traditionally for women's healthcare in countries like India. Medicinal plants have a significant role in women's healthcare in many rural areas. Plants with therapeutic efficacious observations have historically been used as a starting point in the development of new drugs, and modern pharmaceuticals have been derived from them. A review about the...

Author(s): R. Ramasubramania Raja

Assessment of chemical compositions of three antimalarial plants from Akure, Southwestern Nigeria: A preliminary study

August 2015

Malaria has been a menace to the health conditions of both rural and urban populations in Nigeria. Ethnobotanical survey revealed the use of Anthocleista djalonensis A. Chev, Lophira alata Banks ex C.F. Gaertn. and Olax subscorpioidea Oliv. in the treatment of malaria in Akure, Southwestern Nigeria. The powdered plant samples were screened for phytochemical constituents, proximate composition and mineral elements...

Author(s): Mojirayo Rebecca IBUKUNOLUWA, Titus Adeniyi OLUSI and Ebenezer Oluyemi DADA

Effects of different hormones on organogenesis in vitro of some varieties of cassava (Manihot esculenta CRANTZ) grown in Senegal

August 2015

Cassava (Manihot esculenta) is a perennial euphorbiaceous shrub grown mainly for its starchy tubers and its leaves rich in protein. The most known method of propagation of this crop is the classical cuttings’ planting. However, in vitro propagation appears most useful and permits to obtain high quantity of healthy vegetable material in a short period. In this work, it was to study the impact of different hormones...

Author(s): Abdoulaye FAYE, Maurice SAGNA, Papa Demba KANE and Djibril SANE

Assessing the genetic diversity of cowpea [Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp.] accessions from Sudan using simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers

July 2015

Genetic diversity and phylogenetic relationships among 252 cowpea (Vigna unguiculata (L.)Walp) accessions collected throughout the six geographical regions of Sudan were evaluated using simple sequence repeat (SSR) molecular markers. Eighteen (18) published primer pairs were selected based on their informativeness, out of which 16 primer pairs gave reproducible results among all of the cowpea accessions tested. A total...

Author(s): Ali Z. B., YAO K. N., Odeny D. A., Kyalo M., Skilton R. and Eltahir I. M.

Phytochemical evaluation of various parts of Dracaena arborea Link. and Dracaena mannii Bak.

July 2015

Phytochemical evaluation of leaves, stems and roots of Dracaena arborea (Link) and Dracaena mannii (Bak) present in southeastern Nigeria was carried out, to determine their taxonomical data with regards to their phytochemicals contents (flavonoid, saponin, tannin, cyanide, lectin, phytate and calcium oxalate) using standard methods. The results show varying quantities of the phytochemicals in the leaves, stems and roots...

Author(s): Chinyere V. Ilodibia, Rachael U. Ugwu, C. U. Okeke, Ebele E. Akachukwu and Chinelo A. Ezeabara

Adverse impact of Banana Xanthomonas Wilt on farmers’ livelihoods in Eastern and Central Africa

July 2015

Banana is a key crop in the livelihoods of many people in the Great Lakes region of East and Central Africa. For more than a decade now, the crop has been threatened by Banana Xanthomonas Wilt (BXW) which has spread throughout the region but at different rates. The disease attacks all banana cultivars and can cause up to 100% yield losses at farm level if effective control measures are not put in place. However, limited...

Author(s): Jackson Nkuba, William Tinzaara, Gertrude Night, Nicholas Niko, Wellington Jogo, Innocent Ndyetabula, Leornard Mukandala, Privat Ndayihazamaso, Celestin Niyongere, Svetlana Gaidashova, Ivan Rwomushana, Fina Opio and Eldad Karamura

Filing considerably breaks seed dormancy of Berchemia discolour Hemsley

June 2015

In this study, the effectiveness of different pre-treatment methods for the breakings of seed dormancy in Berchemia discolour Hemsley seeds was assessed. Viable seeds were randomly sampled and subjected to different pre-treatment methods which include filing, soaking in 98% concentrated sulphuric acid, pre-chilling and boiling. For each treatment, ten seeds were used and three replications were done for each treatment....

Author(s): Jephris Gere, Rangarirayi Karidzangundi, Victor Ntuli, Tendayi Nyamugure, Silas M. Mudyiwa and Alfred Kundhlande

Effect of sunflower stover and nutrients management on soil biological properties and available nitrogen and phosphorus at different stage of pigeonpea growth under pigeonpea-sunflower cropping system

June 2015

A fixed plot field experiment was carried out during 2008-09 and 2009-10 at New Delhi, India to study the “effects of sunflower stover, nitrogen and phosphorus management on soil health under pigeonpea-sunflower cropping system’’. Kharif season experiment in the first year was laid out in split-plot design, assigning sunflower stover incorporation (8 t/ha) and no stover incorporation (control) to main...

Author(s): Subhash Babu, D. S. Rana, G. S. Yadav, Raghavendra Singh and Tirtha Kumari Chettri

Differential response of early and intermediate flowering strawberry cultivars to nursery late-season nitrogen applications and digging date

June 2015

The response of ‘Ventana’, an early flowering cultivar, and ‘Camarosa’, an intermediate flowering cultivar, to nursery late-season nitrogen (N) applications and digging date were studied in strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa Duch). Two experiments were conducted. In the first experiment, runner plants dug on September 20 and October 11 from a high-latitude nursery in California, were established in...

Author(s): Daniel S. Kirschbaum, Kirk D. Larson, Steven A. Weinbaum and Theodore M. DeJong

Functional analysis of the UDP glucose: Flavonoid-3-Oglucosyltransferase (UFGT) promoter from litchi (Litchi chinesis Sonn.) and transient expression in onions (Allium cepa Linn.)

June 2015

The expression of the UDP glucose: flavonoid-3-Oglucosyltransferase (UFGT), which encoded the last enzyme of the anthocyanin pathway, was under developmental control as well as affected by external stimuli such as ABA. Three fragments of the 1.38 kb upstream region of the UFGT gene from Litchi (Litchi chinesis Sonn.) were fused to the GUS-coding region, and the expression of these constructs was analyzed in onions. To...

Author(s): Zhao Zhi Chang, Hu Gui Bing, Hu Fu Chu, Gao Aiping and Chen Yeyuan

Pollen morphology of six species of subfamily Stachyoideae (Lamiaceae) in Saudi Arabia

May 2015

The pollen morphological characters of 6 species belonging to 4 genera of the subfamily Stachyoideae (Lamiaceae) growing naturally in Saudi Arabia were investigated with the aid of light microscope (LM) and scanning electron microscope (SEM), to find new features that might increase knowledge of pollen morphology of the species, and also to help the taxonomic characterization of the Stachyoideae genera. The...

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

Diversity status of the family, Euphorbiaceae in about 30 km radius of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project area, Southern India

May 2015

A detailed Euphorbiaceae flora study was carried out from 30 km radius of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project area. The survey was conducted from September 2012 to August 2013. A total of 32 species under 12 genera belonging to the family Euphorbiaceae were collected and identified. For each species, botanical name, local name, life-form, habitat and flowering season were mentioned. A statistical summary is presented at...

Author(s): Ramarajan S., Murugesan A. G. and Saravana Ganthi A.

Potential to increase cassava yields through cattle manure and fertilizer application: Results from Bunda College, Central Malawi

May 2015

In Malawi, increasing human population and low productivity of cassava (Manihot esculenta [Crantz]), the second most important food crop after maize, necessitate the intensification of agronomic options for cassava production. A study was therefore conducted in 2012-2013 season on a chromic Luvisol at Bunda College (14° 35 S’; 33° 50 E’), Central Malawi, to evaluate the effects of inorganic...

Author(s): Leo Mathias and Vernon H Kabambe

Participatory varietal selection of maize (Zea Mays L.) in Pawe and Guangua districts, North Western Ethiopia

April 2015

Maize (Zea mays L.) plays a critical role in smallholder farmers for food security in Ethiopia. So far, maize variety selection was done without much consideration of farmers' interest. However, farmers have indigenous knowledge to select best performing varieties which suit their environments. This study was aimed to identify more number of preferred maize varieties by farmers in a shorter time (than the...

Author(s): Ziggiju Mesenbet Birhanie

Morphological and Molecular Characterization of Lepidium sativum population collected from Ethiopia

April 2015

Lepidium sativum L. (family Brassicaceae), is underutilized medicinal plant with worldwide distribution. In Ethiopia, L. sativum occurs in all regions and agro-ecologies at different altitudinal ranges. The study was conducted to assess the genetic diversity of L. sativum populations from Ethiopia using molecular marker and agronomic traits. Molecular data generated from inter simple sequence repeat bands recorded...

Author(s): Said Mohammed and Kassahun Tesfaye

Yield parameter response of maize (Oba Super 2) to earthworm cast and anthill soil under greenhouse condition

April 2015

The study of earthworm cast and anthill as plant-soil systems and the surrounding soil is helpful in the appraisal of soil and crop productivity. Therefore, this study was carried out in a tropical and subtropical area to determine the effect of plant-soil systems and the surrounding soil on the yield parameters (plant height, leave surface and dry matter weight) of maize (Oba Super 2) under greenhouse condition....

Author(s): Ezeaku, P. I., Amanambu, C. N., Ede, I. G., Ene, J. and Okebalama, C. B.

Complete inhibition of mycelial growth of fungal pathogens of maize by botanicals

March 2015

Rice husk extract (RHE), bamboo extract (BE) and wood extract (WE) at different concentration levels (0.0, 0.1, 0.5, 1.0 and 1.5%) were evaluated (in completely randomized design) in vitro as an antagonist to mycelial growth of selected fungal pathogens of maize. Botanical preparations were utilized singly (rice husk, bamboo and wood extracts) and in combinations (RHE x BE, RHE x WE, BE x WE and RHE x BE x WE). RHE at...

Author(s): Adeyemo J. O., and Abiala M. A.,

Genetic analysis of groundnut rosette virus disease in groundnut (Archis hypogaea L.)

March 2015

Groundnut chlorotic rosette disease (GCRD) transmitted by the aphid, Aphis craccivora, is an important virus disease of groundnut in Africa. Breeding for host resistance remains the best strategy to minimize losses due to this disease. Nine cultivated groundnut genotypes with differential reaction to GCRD were crossed in an incomplete diallel mating design to determine the combining ability of GCRD resistance. The...

Author(s): Usman, A., Ofori, K., Danquah, E. Y., Offei, S. K and Ado, S. G.

Acclimatization results of micro-propagated plantlets

March 2015

This work is an analysis of the structured-functional particularities of regeneration of introduced varieties of Vaccinium corymbosum L. and Vaccinium vitis-idaea L. under in vitro and ex vitro conditions. The anatomical structures of the leaves of V. corymbosum and V. vitis-idaea cultivated under aseptical culture, greenhouse and open ground were studied. It is shown that conditioned cultivation superimposes the...

Author(s): Elena Kutas and Lyubov Ogorodnyk

Floristic diversity under anthropogenic activities in the protected forests of Duekoué and Scio in southwestern Côte d’Ivoire

March 2015

This study analyses the effects of anthropogenic disturbance on trees and shrubs floristic α-diversity in two protected rain forests in southwestern Côte d’Ivoire. These forests have been under timber harvesting since their protection in 1929. The forestry service had developed plantations of indigenous timber species and teak since 1996 to increase their productivities for timbers. Additionally, they...

Author(s): François N’guessan KOUAMÉ, Olivier Adjé AHIMIN, Maxime N’takpé Kama BORAUD and Edouard Kouakou N’GUESSAN

NaCl tolerance studies at seedling stage among different genotypes of Helianthus annus L.

March 2015

A greenhouse research was conducted at the research area of Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad to evaluate 20 accessions for the identification of salt tolerant genotypes of sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.) as well as their characteristics. The experiment was conducted in completely randomized design with three repeats. Salinity was developed with NaCl to achieve the final...

Author(s): Shehzad Ahmad Kang, Muhammad Shoaib, Frasat Saeed, Muhammad Amin and Amad Abbas

Assessment of nodulation of Mucuna pruriens by promiscuous native rhizobia population, Southeast Nigeria

March 2015

The potency and competitive ability of indigenous rhizobia population in soil to nodulate a non-native legume host has been contentious especially in tropical Africa. This study examined the symbiotic compatibility between the indigenous rhizobia population and a non-native legume species. Soil samples were randomly collected with soil auger at 0 - 30 cm depth from agricultural fields southeast, Nigeria. The control...

Author(s): Olusola Abayomi Ojo-Omoniyi, Esther Adeyinka Okubena-Dipeolu, Olubunmi Pauline Adejoh and Oluwole Akinwumi Odetunmibi 

Maize: Panacea for hunger in Nigeria

March 2015

Maize (Zea mays) is always preferred to other crops, and it is fast becoming an industrial crop in Sub-Saharan African countries. Nigeria has been divided into low, medium, medium to high and high maize production potential groups. Traditionally, maize was mostly grown in forest ecology in Nigeria but large scale production has moved to the savanna zone, especially the Northern Guinea savanna, where yield potential is...

Author(s): Amudalat Bolanle Olaniyan

Spatiotemporal variations of Tricolia affinis (C.B. Adams, 1850) associated with the macroalgal community on reef stretches at Piedade beach, southern coast of Pernambuco State, Brazil

March 2015

The aim of the present study was to assess the correlation between the spatiotemporal variation of the gastropod Tricolia affinis and the macroalgal community on the sandstone reef at Piedade beach on the southern coast of Pernambuco State (PE) during the rainy and dry seasons in 2009 and 2010. Five square plots were randomly sampled on each date on the reef flat and pool to sample the gastropod population and measure...

Author(s): Mariana Alves de Guimaraens, Maria de Fátima Oliveira-Carvalho and Ranilson Emmanuel de Aquino

Survey of ethno-veterinary medicinal plants at selected Horro Gudurru Districts, Western Ethiopia

March 2015

Plant remedies are still the most important in therapeutics of treat livestock diseases, though large knowledge of ethno medicinal plants is declining to deterioration due to the oral passage of herbal heritage verbally. The objective of the study was to identify and document ethno-veterinary medicinal plants. The study was carried out from January to July 2014 at selected Horro Gudurru districts of western Ethiopia....

Author(s): Tadesse Birhanu and Dereje Abera

The effective method of potato cultivation

March 2015

Potatoes occupy a considerable place in food ration of Uzbekistan’s population. That is why over the past few years, there are various researches on traditional ways of increasing the amount of potatoes produced as well as the generally accepted methods of their cultivation. One of such methods is generative propagation of potatoes.   Key words: True potato seed, greenhouse, seedlings, minitubers,...

Author(s): B. M. Eshonkulov, I. T. Ergashev and D. S. Normurodov

Physiological nutrient use efficiency of banana hybrids across agro ecological regions in Uganda

February 2015

Banana is an important source of food and income for millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa and Uganda in particular. This makes it one of the most important food crops in the country. However, production is limited by both biotic and abiotic constraints. Among the biotic constraints, is the decline in soil fertility. In addressing some of these biotic and abiotic constraints, banana breeding programmes are developing...

Author(s): B. Ahumuza, T. A. Basamba, P. Van Asten and W. K. Tushemereirwe

Efficacy of selected plant extracts against Tribolium castaneum Herbst in stored groundnut (Arachis hypogaea L.)

February 2015

The efficacy of powders of plant parts from Azadirachta indica, Lawsonia inermis, Annona senegalensis and Hyptis suaveolens at 10, 15 and 20 g/250 g seeds was tested using Complete Randomized Design (CRD) against the storage pest Tribolium castaneum (Herbst) in groundnut in the laboratory. At 28 days after application, mean number of seeds damaged was 0.33±0.33 for A. indica and 2.33±0.33 for L. inermis at...

Author(s): Onoja Ojogbane Joel

Integrated management of Cercospora leaf spots of groundnut (Arachis hypogaea L.) through host resistance and fungicides in Eastern Ethiopia

February 2015

Cercospora leaf spots caused by Cercospora arachidicola and Cercosporidium personatum are the most widespread diseases of groundnut that result in severe yield losses in Ethiopia. Field trials were conducted at Babile and Dire Dawa to evaluate the effect of integrated use of host resistance and fungicides on the temporal epidemics of leaf spots and yield of groundnut. The experiments were conducted during the 2010 main...

Author(s): Solomon Debele and Amare Ayalew

Coffee leaf damaging insects’ occurrence in the forest coffee ecosystem of southwestern Ethiopia

February 2015

Insects are diverse and abundant in forest ecosystems, but poorly documented in afromontane rainforests in Southwestern Ethiopia where Coffea arabica L. originated and is distributed worldwide. Therefore, the present study was initiated to study the occurrence of coffee leaf damaging insect pests in the afromontane rainforest of southwestern Ethiopia. Accordingly, surveys on insect pest of coffee were conducted to...

Author(s): Chemeda Abedeta, Emana Getu, Emiru Seyoum, H. Hindorf and Techale Berhane

In-situ morphological characterization of coconut in the Coastal Lowlands of Kenya

February 2015

Characterization of in situ coconut (Cocos nucifera L.) genotypes using morphological descriptors is of primary importance for genetic resources. Variations in five traits were recorded on 48 selected coconut palms located at 0 to 177 m above sea level in the Coastal Lowlands of Kenya. The objective of our study was to characterize coconut palms in the coastal Kenya using morphological markers. Data was recorded on...

Author(s): Maurice E. Oyoo, Muhammed Najya, Stephen M. Githiri, Pascal O. Ojwang, Francis K. Muniu, Emmanuel Masha and James O. Owuoche

Morphometric study of accessions of Sesamum indicum L. collected from Nigeria

February 2015

Sesamum (Sesamum indicum L.), is a very beneficial plant with manifold implementation in human life hence the identification of different species on the basis of morphological basis is indeed a need especially in less developed parts of the world. Morphometric studies of 12 accessions were carried out in order to find out characters which may be used for the delimitation of the accessions. Both quantitative and...

Author(s): Zhigila, Daniel Andrawus, Sawa, Fatsuma Binta Jafun and Abdul, Suleiman D.

Hairy roots production in Phyllanthus odontadenius Müll. Arg. by seedlings transformed with Agrobacterium rhizogenes A4RS/pHKN29

February 2015

Phyllanthus odontadenius Müll. Arg is one of the most important medicinal plants in the genus Phyllanthus (Phyllanthaceae). It is used in different regions in the world for the treatment of various diseases for example malaria caused by Plasmodium falciparum causing millions deaths in tropical and subtropical regions. In this work, we experimented P. odontadenius seeds germination and seedlings infected by...

Author(s): Kikakedimau Nakweti R., Virginie Vaissayre, Diamuini Ndofunsu A., Luyindula Ndiku S., Jocelyne Bonneau and Claudine Franche

Ethnobotanical study of indigenous knowledge of plant-material culture in Masha and Yeki Districts, Southwest Ethiopia

February 2015

Plants have been used throughout human history as a source of food, medicine and material culture. Several studies on plant material culture from Ethiopia, were limited to a certain geographical areas and ethnic groups. The purpose of this study was, therefore, to investigate the plants and associated indigenous knowledge of three ethnic groups (Shekacho, Sheko and Mejengir), residing in the Masha and Yeki Districts of...

Author(s): Seada Yassin, Balcha Abera and Ensermu Kelbessa

Composition and taxonomic similarity of the periphytic algal community in different natural substrates in a neotropical floodplain, Brazil

January 2015

The present study investigated the species composition and taxonomic similarity of periphytic algae on three species of macrophytes (Eichhornia azurea Kunth, Nymphaea amazonum Martius & Zuccarini and Oxycaryum cubense (Poeppig & Kunth) Lye) and also some limnological variables in a lake permanently connected to the Paraná River at the Upper Paraná River floodplain, Brazil, from June 2008 to March...

Author(s): Stefania Biolo, Vanessa Majewski Algarte and Liliana Rodrigues

Development of elite medium staple cotton (G. Hirsutum) genotypes for production in middleveld upland ecologies

January 2015

Ten (10) medium staple cotton genotypes comprising of five commercial varieties and five experimental lines were evaluated for field performance, genetic and environmental variability. The trials were laid out in a randomized complete block design (RCBD) with three replications. Analysis of variance was done for total seed cotton yield, lint yield, boll weight, earliness and gin out turn (GOT %) using Genstat 14th...

Author(s): F. Mukoyi, W. Mubvekeri, D. Kutywayo, V. Muripira and N. Mudada

Effect of weed control methods on weed density and maize (Zea mays L.) yield in west Shewa Orimia, Ethiopia

January 2015

Field experiments were conducted during 2013-2014 crop seasons at Ambo and Guder to study the effect of weed control methods on weed dynamics in maize (Zea mays L.) variety BH-660 in randomized complete block design with three replications. Five treatments, including Nicosulfuron (Arrow 75 WDG) at 0.09 kg ha-1 + silwet gold (adjuvant) at 0.10%, s-metolachlor 290 + Atrazine (Primagram) at 3.00 kg ha-1, s-metolachlor...

Author(s): Tesfay Amare, Amin Mohammed, Mulugeta Negeri and Frehiwot Sileshi

Distribution of kolanut weevil (Balanogastris kolae (Coleoptera:Curculionidae) in Cola nitida stored in baskets

January 2015

The kolanut weevil, Balanogastris kolae is usually referred to as a field-to-store pest as their infestation starts in the field and continues in storage. The distribution preferences of the weevil were investigated with a view of determining their vertical and horizontal distribution in storage baskets. The kola pods used for this experiment were obtained from kola groves at the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria...

Author(s): Ndubuaku, T. C. N. , Asogwa, E. U. and Hassan, A. T.

Efficacy of Moringa oleifera as a phytoextraction plant in the remediation of heavy metals polluted soil

December 2014

The efficacy of Moringa Oleifera, for the phytoextraction of heavy metals (Zn, Fe and Pb) in tropical soil was investigated. A randomized complete block design (RCBD) consisting of 3 blocks was used. Each block (A, B and C) was polluted with 100 mg Zn, Pb and Fe, respectively. Each block was subdivided into treatment and control of 5 replicates each. Two seedlings of M. Oleifera were planted in each treatment plot...

Author(s): Amadi, N. and Tanee, F. B. G.

Potential pollinators of Tamarindus indica L. (Caesalpinioideae) in Sudanian region of Burkina Faso

December 2014

Tamarindus indica (Tamarind) is a socio-economically important tree species in the Sudanian and Sahelian zone of Africa. Few studies have shown that the species is pollinated by bees. In this article, first we studied the impact of the wind pollination. Secondly, we determined the visitors insect of the flowers of tamarind, studied the production of nectar and pollen. Thirdly, we established relation between nectar...

Author(s): Boukary Ousmane DIALLO, Moussa OUEDRAOGO, Marie-Helene CHEVALLIER, Helene Irene JOLY, Martine HOSSAERT-McKEY and Doyle McKEY

Distribution, chemical composition and medicinal importance of saffron (Crocus sativus L.)

December 2014

Crocus sativus L. is native to Iran and Greece, and is now cultivated largely in Southern Europe, Tibet and other countries. In India, it is mainly cultivated in Kashmir. C. sativus is an important medicinal plant with aphrodisiac, antispasmodic, expectorant, anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-depressant, anticancer and anti-tumor activities. Phytochemical investigations of the species have revealed the...

Author(s): Sabbi Jan, Aijaz A. Wani, Azra N. Kamili and Mahpara Kashtwari

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