Selected soil properties for prediction of plague vectors and reservoirs in Mavumo area, Lushoto District, Tanzania

The importance of selected soil properties with respect to occurrence of plague vectors and reservoirs was studied in Lushoto District, Tanzania. Plague reservoirs showed significant correlation (p<0.05) with subsoil percent clay, topsoil percent total nitrogen, topsoil C/N, topsoil pH and topsoil DTPA extractable Cu. Plague vectors’ occurrence showed significant correlation (p<0.05) with effective soil depth, topsoil percent total nitrogen, topsoil C/N, subsoil percent organic carbon and with topsoil DTPA extractable Zn. It is recommended that plague disease control should also employ knowledge on relationships between soil properties and plague reservoirs and vectors.
L’importance des propriétés choisies du sol en ce qui concerne l’apparition des vecteurs et des réservoirs de peste a été étudiée dans le district de Lushoto, en Tanzanie. Les réservoirs de peste ont montré la corrélation significative (p<0.05) avec le pourcentage de l’argile de la couche inferieure du sol, celui de l’azote total de la couche supérieure, le C/N de la couche supérieure, le pH de la couche supérieure et le Cu extractible DTPA de la couche supérieure. L’apparition des vecteurs de la peste a montré une corrélation significative (p<0.05) avec la profondeur efficace du sol, le pourcentage de l’azote total de la couche supérieure, le C/N de la couche supérieure, celui du carbone organique de la couche inferieure et avec du Zn extractible DTPA de la couche supérieure. Il a été recommandé que la surveillance de la maladie de la peste devrait également utiliser la connaissance sur des rapports entre les propriétés du sol ainsi que les réservoirs et les vecteurs de peste.
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