African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6667

Table of Content: 17 October, 2013; 8(40)

October 2013

Soil quality, resistance and resilience in traditional agricultural and agroforestry ecosystems in Brazil’s semiarid region

Agroforestry represents an alternative to traditional agricultural systems in semiarid regions, since it effectively provides soil coverage and improves the amount and quality of soil organic matter. The sustainability of agricultural systems can be assessed by evaluating soil quality, resistance and resilience. Therefore, this work evaluated soil quality, resistance and resilience under traditional cropping and...

Author(s): Jamili Silva Fialho, Maria Ivanilda de Aguiar, Lilianne dos Santos Maia, Rafaela Batista Magalhães, Francisco das Chagas Silva de Araújo, Mônica Matoso Campanha and Teógenes Senna de Oliveira

October 2013

Biomass resources and bioenergy potentials in Nigeria

Energy is crucial to the wellness of humans and to a country's economic development. Unfortunately, Nigeria is challenged with low availability of electricity in rural areas and with frequent power outages and unreliability in the urban centers. Energy from biomass can potentially be an alternative approach to solving the country’s electricity problem. Our estimation shows that Nigeria is capable of producing...

Author(s): K. J. Simonyan and O. Fasina

October 2013

A review on sweet potato postharvest processing and preservation technology

 Sweet potato (SP) is an important root crop grown all over the world and consumed as a vegetable, boiled, baked or often fermented into food and beverages. It could be a very good vehicle for addressing some health related problems and also serve as food security. The research into sweet potato processing has established the fact that there is a lot more in sweet potatoes than its starch. The review has...

Author(s): M. O. OKE and T. S. WORKNEH

October 2013

Tailoring rice plants for sustainable yield through ideotype breeding and physiological interventions

The success of yield-improvement programmes hinges on the accurate selection of parents from which to generate superior breeding populations, and the selection of high-yielding genotypes from early-segregating generations. Development of the ideotype concept has focused the attention of plant physiologists and breeders on the identification of simple morphological characters which influence physiological processes...

Author(s): Deepak Sharma, Gulzar S. Sanghera, Pooja Sahu, Parmeshwar Sahu, M. Parikh, Bhawana Sharma, Sandeep Bhandarkar, P.R. Chaudhari and  Binod Kumar Jena

October 2013

Assessment the genetic diversity of common bean Phaseolus vulgaris collection by microsatellite SSR markers

Common bean plants (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) are the most important edible beans for their high nutritional value as an important source of dietary protein. However, in spite of the importance of this crop species, its genetics has not been fully characterized. Advances in molecular biology techniques have provided the basis for uncovering virtually unlimited numbers of DNA markers. Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) -based...

Author(s): Jawaher M. Shabib, Afaf I. Shehata, Amal A. Al–Hazzani and Muna Al-rumaih

October 2013

Genetic variation for physicochemical characteristics in Lehsua (Cordia myxa L.)

The experiments were carried out to study the genetic variation in Lehsua (Cordia myxa L.) in Thar desert of Rajasthan, India. The variability parameters were studied for physicochemical characters in 15 provenance of Lehsua. The genetic variation was recorded for fruits per cluster, fruit diameter, pulp:seed ratio, fruit weight and total soluble solids (TSS). Most of the characters especially fruits per cluster, fruit...

Author(s):       B. L. Nagar, M. S. Fageria and Sunil Pareek

October 2013

Assessment of return on investment and sustainability of the business cycle in the meat processing sector in Italy

The meat processing sector is characterized by high capital requirement to finance investment in fixed assets and working capital. The firms in the sector finance with equity and debt these investments. For these firms, becomes then necessary to evaluate the return on capital and sustainability of the debt service. To achieve these aims, in the article are applied three approaches: the economic approach (accounting...

Author(s): Mattia Iotti and Giuseppe Bonazzi