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    • Banana production, constraints and their propagation methods 

      Kasyoka, Martha Rhoda; Mwangi, Maina; Mbaka, J.; Gitonga, N.; Kori, N. (FaCT Publishing, 2010)
      Banana (Musa species) is an important food crop worldwide (Robinson, 2007). About 70 million people in East and West Africa are estimated to derive more than one quarter of their food energy requirement from plantains ...
    • Cassava production and limitation of propagation through tissue culture 

      Ogero, K.O.; Gitonga, N. M.; Omwoyo, Ombori; Ngugi, M. (FaCT: Publishing, 2010)
      With the unrelenting increase in human population it is important that concerted efforts be made to increase crop productivity so as to match the expected increase in food demand. The gravity of this problem is well ...
    • THE COFFEE CRISIS: Old interests, new interests and illusions of development 

      Mbataru, P. (Lambert Academic Publishing, 2009-11-10)
      Working through the coffee value chain, this work analyses the strategies of stakeholders in the wake of devastating socio-economic effects of the coffee crisis. Between 1985 and 2004, annual coffee production in Kenya ...
    • Contributions of Agricultural Sciences towards achieving the Millenium Development Goals 

      Mwangi, Maina (FaCT Publishing, 2010)
      All the materials included in this book were originally submitted to the 3rd International e- Conference on Agricultural Biosciences held online from June 1 - 15, 2010. This was an internet based conference designed to ...
    • Dissemination of Integrated Soil Fertility Management Practices using Participatory Approaches in the Central Highlands of Kenya 

      Mugwe, J. N.; Mugendi, D.N.; Mucheru-Muna, M.; Merckx, R.; Vanlauwe, B.; Bationo, A.; Mairura, F. (2011)
      Declining soil fertility is a critical agricultural challenge facing smallholders in central Kenya. A study to improve soil fertility and farm productivity in the area was carried out during the period 2003 to 2007. ...
    • Economic returns of organic and mineral fertilizer inputs for soil nutrient replenishment in Meru South district, central Kenya. 

      Mugwe, J. N.; Muriuki, J.; Mugendi, D.N.; Kung'u, J.B.; Mucheru-Muna, M.; Merckx, R. (Kenya Forestry Research Institute, 2009)
      Farmers in the central highlands of Kenya are experiencing low land productivity due to declining soil fertility. On-farm trials were established at two sites in Meru South district, Kenya in 2004 to evaluate economics of ...
    • Effect of Vesicular-arbuscular Mycorrhiza (vam) Inoculation on Growth Performance of Senna spectabilis 

      Kung'u, J.B. (CIAT, 2004)
      The influence of vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhiza (VAM) fungi inoculation on growth performance of Senna spectabilis was studied in a screen house experiment. The results obtained indicated the dependence of Senna spectabilis ...
    • Import Substitution as an Industrial Strategy: The Tanzania Case 

      Kuuya, P.M. (2008-12-04)
      1st Five 2nd Five ammonia anhydrite Arusha Declaration backward linkages balance of payments British calcium sulphate capacity capital intensive capitalist cement industry Cement Manufacturers LTD cement plant cement ...
    • Integrated pest management training and information flow among smallholder horticulture farmers in Kenya. 

      Bekele, N.A.; Mithöfer, D.; Amudavi, D. M; Obare, G. (CABI, 2011)
      A study was conducted in 5 districts in Kenya (Muranga, Thika and Maragua in Central Province, and Makueni and Embu in Eastern Province) to determine the factors linked to the acquisition of integrated pest management (IPM) ...
    • Introduction to Crop Protection: Homoptera 

      Namikoye, Everlyne Samita (2020)
      Order Homoptera include aphids, whitefly, scales, leafhoppers, and mealybugs. They are plant-sucking, and many excrete honeydew, a liquid high in sugar, which attracts ants and is used as a substrate for sooty mold fungus, ...
    • Introduction to Crop Protection: Major Insect Pests 

      Namikoye, Everlyne Samita (Kenyatta University, 2020)
      The major quarantine pests identified recently on cut flowers include bollworms (Helicoverpa armigera, Spodoptera spp.), leaf miner (Liriomyza sp.), white flies (mainly Bemisia tabaci), thrips (mainly western flower thrips ...
    • Introduction to Crop Protection: Plant Diseases 

      Namikoye, Everlyne Samita (Kenyatta University, 2020)
      Plants, whether cultivated or wild, grow and produce well as long as the soil provides them with sufficient nutrients and moisture, sufficient light reaches their leaves, and the temperature remains within a certain “normal” ...
    • Management of Plant Diseases 

      Namikoye, Everlyne Samita (Kenyatta University, 2020)
      Most serious diseases of crop plants appear on a few plants in an area year after year, spread rapidly, and are difficult to cure after they have begun to develop. Therefore, almost all control methods are aimed at ...
    • The Orma Boran—ten years of field observations 

      Munga, Leonard (Towards Increased Use of Trypanotolerance: Current Research and Future Directions, 1994)
      In 1913 Balfour reported Bos indicus cattle in the Koalib area of Sudan which he claimed were immune to trypanosomiasis (Balfour, 1913). Since that date trypanotolerance has been reported in other Bos indicus breeds ...
    • Passion fruit production in Kenya: Opportunities and constraints 

      Wangungu, C.W.; Mwangi, Maina; Gathu, R.K.; Mbaka, J.; Kori, J.N. (FaCT Publishing, 2010)
      Passion fruit is ranked third in importance among the horticultural crops in Kenya. In recent years, the fruit has gained high demand due to activities of beverage producing companies. The fruit has dynamically changed the ...
    • Physico-chemical properties of flour from kibuzi and PHIA 25 bananas. 

      Wamue-Ngare, G.N.; Ng'an'ga, Z.; Manyama, A.; Mwangi, M.; Muyonga, J. H. (Inter-University Council for East Africa Lake Victoria Research Initiative, 2012)
      Flour was made from PHIA 25, a high yielding dessert banana cultivar, which is not very widely accepted for fresh consumption and compared to flour from kibuzi,a widely con-sumed cooking banana type. The proximate ...
    • Plant Diseases Caused by Bacteria 

      Namikoye, Everlyne Samita (Kenyatta University, 2020)
      Diseases caused by bacterial plant pathogens are one of the most severe constraints to agricultural productivity. Many types of crops are attacked by these pathogens every season with substantial losses occurring. Diseases ...
    • Plant Diseases Caused by Fungi 

      Namikoye, Everlyne Samita (Kenyatta University, 2020)
      Fungi are microscopic organisms that reproduce by means of spores. Only those with cell wall containing chitin are classified as true fungi. Most plant diseases are caused by fungi and most of them tend to become a problem, ...
    • Plant Diseases Caused by Nematodes 

      Namikoye, Everlyne Samita (Kenyatta University, 2020)
      Nematodes are lower invertebrate animals and are perhaps the most numerous multicellular animals on the earth. They are generally free-living in marine, freshwater or soil environments, but a large number of species are ...
    • Plant Diseases Caused by Viruses 

      Namikoye, Everlyne Samita (Kenyatta University, 2020)
      Plant viruses have a huge impact on crop production throughout the world. Consequently, there has been a considerable effort and resources directed towards managing virus diseases. Crop failure due to debilitating viruses ...