Month: February 2013

New book in the library: Handbook of land and water grabs in Africa: foreign direct investment and food and water security

Edited by Tony Allan, Martin Keulertz, Suvi Sojamo and Jeroen Warner According to estimates by the International Land Coalition based at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), 57 million hectares of land have been leased to foreign investors since 2007. Current research has focused...

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Yield and agronomic performance of maize hybrids resistant to the maize weevil Sitophilus zeamais Motschulsky (Coleoptera: Curculionidae)

Published in Crop Protection 46 : 94-99, 2013 Tadele Tefera, Girma Demissie, Stephen Mugo and Yoseph Beyene This study evaluated improved maize hybrids (Zea mays L.) with varying level of resistance to the maize weevil, Sitophilus zeamais Motschulsky, for yield and agronomic traits for two seasons....

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Infrared thermal imaging as a rapid tool for identifying water-stress tolerant maize genotypes of different phenology

Published in Journal of Agronomy and Crop Science, 2013 S. Zia, G. Romano, W. Spreer, C. Sanchez, J. Cairns, J.L. Araus and J. Muller The main task of this research was to evaluate canopy temperature and Crop Water Stress Index (CWSI) by assessing genotype variability of maize performance for different...

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Root–root interactions: extending our perspective to be more inclusive of the range of theories in ecology and agriculture using in-vivo analyses

Published in Annals of Botany, 2013 Marc Faget, Kerstin A. Nagel, Achim Walter, Juan M. Herrera, Siegfried Jahnke, Ulrich Schurr and Vicky M. Temperton Background There is a large body of literature on competitive interactions among plants, but many studies have only focused on above-ground interactions...

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Relay planting of wheat in cotton: an innovative technology for enhancing productivity and profitability of wheat in cotton-wheat production system of South Asia

Published in Experimental Agriculture 49 (1) : 19-30, 2013 G.S. Buttar, H.S. Sidhu, Vicky Singh, M.L. Jat, R. Gupta, Yadvinder Singh and Beldev Singh  Cotton–wheat (CW) is the second most important cropping system after rice–wheat in South Asia. Sowing of wheat after cotton is usually delayed due...

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Multi-environment QTL analyses for drought-related traits in a recombinant inbred population of chickpea (Cicer arientinum L.)

Published in Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 2013 A. Hamwieh, M. Imtiaz and R. S. Malhotra A recombinant inbred line (RIL) population, comprising 181 lines derived from ILC588 × ILC3279, was evaluated in 10 environments across three locations with different moisture gradients. A drought resistance...

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Genetic distance among doubled haploid maize lines and their testcross performance under drought stress and non-stress conditions

Published in Euphytica, 2013 Yoseph Beyene,  Stephen Mugo, Kassa Semagn, Godfrey Asea, Walter Trevisan, Amsal Tarekegne, Tadele Tefera, James Gethi, Barnabas Kiula, John Gakunga, Haron Karaya and Andrew Chavangi In contrast to conventional inbreeding that takes up to seven generations to develop inbred...

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