Towards Development of Site Specific Technologies for Identification of Fields Infested with Root-knot Nematodes (RKN) under Tomato Cropping System in Mwea, Kenya

This study was conducted in Mwea, central Kenya with the aim of developing a soil-characteristic-based site specific technology for identification of root-knot nematode (RKN) Meloidogyne spp. infested soils. This involved analysis of edaphic factors to determine the RKN distribution patterns in this major tomato (Solanum lycopersicon L.) production area. Results revealed that the RKN distribution pattern was highly correlated with the soil pH and electrical conductivity, making site specific farming possible.
Cette étude a été menée à Mwea, au Kenya central dans le but de développer une technologie du site spécifique basé sur les caractéristiques du sol pour l’identification des sols infestés de Meloidogyne spp. des nématodes à galles (RKN). Il s’agissait d’une analyse des facteurs édaphiques pour déterminer les modèles de distribution de RKN dans cette zone majeure de production de la tomate (Solanum lycopersicon L.). Les résultats ont révélé que le modèle de distribution de RKN a été fortement corrélé avec le pH du sol et la conductivité électrique, rendant l’agriculture des sites spécifiques possible.
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The 2012 RUFORUM Biennial Conference is the third in the series. The main objective of the Biennial conferences is to provide a platform for agricultural research for development stakeholders in Africa and beyond to actively exchange findings and experiences, while at the same time learning lessons towards improving performance of the agricultural sector and ultimately people’s livelihoods. The biennial conference is RUFORUM’s most comprehensive meeting for the diversity of stakeholers in agriculture. It is especially dedicated to graduate students and their supervisors, grantees in RUFORUM member universities and alumni. It is a platform for peer review, quality control, mentorship, networking and shared learning. The third Biennial Conference was attended by 657 participants.This record contains an extended abstract accepted under the theme of Integrated Crop Management