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dc.contributor.authorCarsky, R.
dc.contributor.authorNdikawa, R.
dc.identifier.citationCarsky, R. & Ndikawa, R. (1998). Identification of cover crops for the semi-arid savanna zone of West Africa. In D. Buckles, A. Eteka, O. Osiname, M. Galiba and G. Gallano, Cover crops in West Africa: contributing to sustainable agriculture. Ottawa, Canada: International Development Research Centre, (p. 179-187).
dc.description.abstractLeguminous cover crops may be an appropriate component of sustainable food-production systems in the semi-arids avannas of West and Central Africa- A set of erect and spreading legumes was observed for adaptation D to a semi-arid climate (700-900 mm annual rainfall), without fertilizer application, on three soil t ?es in northern Cameroon- Mucuna pwiens genetically reached l00o/o ground cover 60-90 d after planting, where is Canaralid ensi form is rarely reached1 0070g round cover, Two C. enst form is accession so, ne erect and one spreading differed in their ability to covert the soil surface. Maximum foliage dry matter (DM) exceeded that of the locally adapted spread it rg cowpea in most cases. Foliage DM of M. pruriens, C. ensiformis, Clotalaria ochroleuca, and Cajanus cajan genetally exceeded 4 that all but the most degraded site. At the degraded site, the erect Censi-onnrs accession produced 5 -7 t DM htt. Canavaliae nsifotms grcw longer into the dry season and maintained high ermoisture content, suggesting some drought resistatnce because of strong winds during the dry season and trampling during seed collection, foliage DM less than about 4 t ha I did not persist through the dry season. Uncontrolled cattle grazing was another threat to persistence of mulch though the dry season.
dc.subjectDegraded Site
dc.subjectDrought Resistance
dc.subjectLeguminous Cover Crop
dc.subjectSemi-Arid Zone
dc.subjectDry Season
dc.titleIdentification of cover crops for the semiarid savanna zone of West Africa
dc.typeBook Chapter
cg.contributor.crpGrain Legumes
cg.contributor.affiliationInternational Institute of Tropical Agriculture
cg.contributor.affiliationInstitute of Agronomic Research, Cameroon
cg.coverage.regionWest Africa
cg.coverage.regionCentral Africa
cg.authorship.typesCGIAR and developing country institute
cg.iitasubjectGrain Legumes
cg.iitasubjectNatural Resource Management
cg.iitasubjectLand Use
cg.iitasubjectFarming Systems
cg.iitasubjectPests Of Plants
cg.iitasubjectPlant Breeding
cg.iitasubjectPlant Diseases
cg.iitasubjectPlant Ecology
cg.iitasubjectClimate Change
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