African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6786

Table of Content: 20 April 2017; 12(16)

April 2017

Interaction between potassium (K) and calcium (Ca) on the severity of Yellow Sigatoka in banana plants

The main control measure of Yellow Sigatoka (Pseudocercospora musae) in banana plants (Musa spp.) has been the planting of resistant varieties, and fungicide application. However, the use of adequately nourished plants is also emphasized as a complementary control method. This study evaluated the influence of interaction between potassium (K) and calcium (Ca) in nutrient solution on the severity of Yellow Sigatoka in...

Author(s): Aurivan Soares de Freitas, Edson Ampélio Pozza, Adélia Aziz A. Pozza, Maria Gilmara de O. Soares, Humberson Rocha Silva, Cristian D. Plaza Pérez

April 2017

Crop yield potential as telltale indice of soil weathering extent and fertility status: The case of East African Highland Bananas

In the African Great Lakes Region, bananas are grown on a diversity of soils with different weathering stages. However studies using the crop yield potential as a mean of soil weathering degree assessment are still scanty. Bananas were grown on five soils types to test if such a relationship could be ascertained. Mineralogical composition, elemental total analysis, routine chemical analysis, oxalates and...

Author(s): Bizimana Syldie,

April 2017

LED in production systems of laying hens: An alternative to increase sustainability

The Brazilian poultry production currently has a substantial impact on the national and international economy. Brazil ranks sixth in the world rankings of the largest egg producers. However, the activity still has barriers related to management and facilities, such as high waste of electrical energy due to the low energy efficiency of the lighting systems. The artificial lighting programs represent an important...

Author(s): Samara Paula Verza, Erika Codensey Toledo Mello Peixoto, Claudia Yurika Tamehiro, Marcio Massashiko Hasegawa, Petrônio Pinheiro Porto and Marcos Augusto Alves da Silva

April 2017

Biological nitrogen fixation and yield of pigeonpea and groundnut: Quantifying response on smallholder farms in northern Malawi

The global nitrogen (N) cycle is markedly, and increasingly, influenced by anthropogenic inputs. A large unknown remains the quantity of biological N fixation (BNF) inputs derived from agriculture. This leads to major uncertainties in modeling reactive N interactions with climate change, and understanding N biogeochemical processes. Understanding N dynamics is central to enhancing productivity in cropping systems. ...

Author(s): Wezi G. Mhango, Sieglinde Snapp and George Y. Kanyama-Phiri

April 2017

Effect of plant population and nitrogen rates on growth and yield of okra [Abelmoscus esculentus (L). Moench] in Gambella region, Western Ethiopia

Okra is one of the most important crops next to maize and sorghum production in Gambella Regional States. Okra production and yield maximization has not been attained due to lack of appropriate production practices such as optimum plant spacing and fertilizer use. Therefore, the research was conducted to assess the effect of plant population, and nitrogen rate on growth and yield components of Okra (Abelmoscus...

Author(s): Amanga Okello Baw, Fikreyohannes Gedamu and Nigussie Dechassa

April 2017

On-farm evaluation of integrated weed management in no-till rainfed crops in semi-arid Morocco

Field studies were conducted from 2012-13 to 2014-15 to investigate the dynamics of germinable soil seedbank, density and community composition of weeds in crop rotations of barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) + pea (Pisum sativum L.) and bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) in Oued Zem, semi-arid Morocco. In September 2012, the initial seedbank in 6 fields was 2354 seeds m-². When herbicide-free barley + pea forage...

Author(s): Abbès Tanji, Oussama El Gharras, Allan Mayfield and Mohamed El Mourid

April 2017

Evaluation of root-knot nematode resistance in sweetpotato

Five healthy, vigorous cultivars of sweet potato [Ipomoea batatas (L.) Lam] were cultivated under root-knot nematode Meloidogyne incognita challenge to distinguish levels of resistance to infection. Roots and soil samples were collected 84 days’ post-infection and evaluated for specific host responses to nematode infection by visual screening analysis and quantitative assessments of symptoms of infection....

Author(s): Gregory C. Bernard, Marceline Egnin, Conrad Bonsi, Desmond Mortley, William H. Witola, Wendell McElhenney Steven Samuels Caroline Land and Kathy Lawrence

April 2017

Potential hydrogen ion of Quartzarenic Neosol with joint application of lime and gypsum

The objective of the study is to investigate the interaction of lime and gypsum during incubation of soil samples in response to pH and also check the possibility of using more than one treatment for a single model by model identity method. The analysis of the potential hydrogen ion (pH) was performed in the Laboratory of Agricultural Chemistry, Federal Institute Goiano, Campus Rio Verde - GO, Brazil. The soil used is...

Author(s): Vitor Marques Vidal, Carlos Ribeiro Rodrigues, Suzete Fernandes Lima, Andréia Mendes da Costa, Tatiana Michlovská Rodrigues, Fernando Nobre Cunha, Marconi Batista Teixeira, Cicero Teixeira Silva Costa, Wilker Alves Morais, Eduardo Sousa Cunha, Giovani Santos Moraes, Gustavo da Silva Vieira and Igor Olacir Fernandes Silva