Influence of seed bed preparation on morphometric characteristics of Eragrostis superba, Cenchrus ciliaris and Enteropogon macrostachyus in southeastern drylands of Kenya

This study compared over a 6-month period effects of tractorploughing and hand-clearing seedbed preparation on morphometric characteristics of three arid and semi-arid grass species, namely; Eragrostis superba Peyr, Cenchrus ciliaris L and Enteropogon macrostachyus (Hochst ex A Rich) Monro ex Benth. Seedling mortality was significantly higher under handclearing than tractor-ploughing. Tractor - ploughing also gave better growth, and biomass yield.
Cette étude a comparé les effets sur une période de 6 mois de labour au tracteur et de préparation de pépinières sur les caractéristiques morphométriques de trois espèces d’herbes arides et semi-arides, à savoir; Eragrostis superba Peyr, Cenchrus ciliaris L et Enteropogon macrostachyus (Hochst ex A Rich) Monro ex Benth.La mortalité des semis était significativement plus élevée en labourant à la main plutôt qu’avec un tracteur. Le labourage à l’aide d’un tracteur a également donné une meilleure croissance et un rendement en biomasse.
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