African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6801

Table of Content: 8 March, 2013; 8(8)

March 2013

Driver exposure and environmental noise emission of Massey Ferguson 285 tractor during operations with different engine speeds and gears

  Agricultural tractor has led to development of agriculture industry, however, same as other new technologies it produces noise pollution on fields and makes some problems for drivers and farmers as well. This is aimed to investigate the driver's exposure and noise emitted from Massey Ferguson tractor; model 285 during operation by various engine speeds and gears. For field measurements, the Massey...

Author(s):   Mohammad Reza Ghotbi, Mohammad Reza Monazzam, Narges Khanjani, Farshad Nadri and Samaneh Momen Bellah Fard    

March 2013

Physiological and biochemical characteristics of Sorghum bicolor and Sorghum sudanense subjected to salt stress in two stages of development

  This study compared the salt tolerance of Sorghum bicolor and Sorghum sudanense plants subjected to salt stress in two distinct phases of development. We analyzed the growth, gas exchange, the relative chlorophyll content (SPAD index) and the accumulation of organic and inorganic solutes. The experimental design was a randomized 2 × 3 × 2 factorial that included two species (S....

Author(s):   Viviane Pinho de Oliveira, Elton Camelo Marques, Claudivan Feitosa de Lacerda, José Tarquinio Prisco and Enéas Gomes-Filho      

March 2013

Species diversity and population size of earthworms after oil spillage in a pipeline vandalized area in Lagos State, Nigeria

  This study investigated the impact of repeated oil spill on the population of earthworm in an oil pipeline vandalized area in Lagos state, Nigeria after oil spillage. The study area was divided into two study sites; I (100 m within the epicenter of spill) and II (500 m away from spill) based on the impact of the spill; samples were collected every month for two years using standard methods. Data collected...

Author(s):   Aemere Ogunlaja and Olajumoke A. Morenikeji    

March 2013

Colony status of Asian giant honeybee, Apis dorsata Fabricius in Southern Karnataka, India

  The field survey conducted to collect more than twenty parameters of Apis dorsata colonies during different seasons at different districts of southern Karnataka revealed interesting results. Altogether, 2,407 normal colonies (comb with live bees) were recorded at various habitats of southern Karnataka. Of all, Mysore district has recorded highest (1,560) colonies followed by Chamarajanagar (544) and...

Author(s):   Basavarajappa S. and K. S. Raghunandan    

March 2013

Germination strategies of Suaeda species for saline-alkaline environments

  The Songnen Plain in northeastern China has been experiencing severe problems with both salinity and alkalinity. Investigation on seed germination and seedling growth of typical halophytes in Songnen Plain under different saline-alkaline stresses is critical for evaluating the potential of a halophyte for restoration. The interactive effects of salt (NaCl and Na2SO4) and alkali (NaHCO3 and Na2CO3)...

Author(s):   Bo Guan, Qianxin Lin, Daowei Zhou and Junbao Yu  

March 2013

Efficacy of Syringa (Melia Azedarach L.) extracts on eggs, nymphs and adult red spider mites, Tetranychus spp. (Acari: Tetranychidae) on tomatoes

  This study evaluated the effect of Syringa (Melia azedarach) fruit and seed extracts (SSE) on red spider mite (Tetranychus spp.) eggs, nymphs and adults. Bioassay investigations were carried at the Vegetable and Ornamental Plant Institute (VOPI) outside Pretoria in South Africa using different concentrations (0.1, 1, 10, 20, 50, 75 and 100%) of SSE. Mortalities were measured at 24, 48 and 72 h after...

Author(s):   Mwandila N. J. K., J. Olivier, D. Munthali and D. Visser  

March 2013

Influence of electrolytes and ascorbic acid supplementation on serum and erythrocytic indices of broiler chickens reared in a hot environment

  Effect of supplementing drinking water with ammonium chloride, sodium bicarbonate, calcium chloride and ascorbic acid on haematology and selected serum indices of broiler chicks reared during high temperature and humified period was evaluated. A total of 200 one-day old Arbor acre broiler chicken strain was randomly allotted to five treatments: T1 (control-water without any supplement), T2 (0.5% ammonium...

Author(s):   Majekodunmi B. C., Sokunbi O. A., Ogunwole O. A. and Adebiyi O. A.    

March 2013

Effect of nano-silver on stages of plant growth and yield and composition of essential oil of Thymus kotschyanus Boiss. & Hohen

  Thymus plant is well known as medicinal plants because of their biological and pharmacological properties. In recent years, some effects of nano-silver solution on some of the plants have been studied. This study investigated the effect of different levels of nano-silver on some of the plant growth profiles and essential oil ofThymus kotschyanus. The study was carried out in a randomized block...

Author(s):   Zahra Aghajani, Abbas pourmeidani and Reza Ekhtiyari