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Multi-purpose cowpea inoculation for improved yields in small holder farms in Kenya

Mathu, Samuel; Thonar, Cécile; Vanlauwe, Bernard; Messmer, Monika and Frossard, Emmanuel (2012) Multi-purpose cowpea inoculation for improved yields in small holder farms in Kenya. Poster at: Integrated Soil Fertility Management in Africa: From Microbes to Markets, Nairobi, Kenya, 22. - 26. October 2012. [Completed]

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In Kenya, cowpea is the most important pulse crop in the dry lands of Eastern and Coastal regions where it is commonly inter cropped with maize and sorghum.
The poor yields obtained in small holder farms in Kenya (150 kg ha-1) can in part be attributed to the use of poor yielding varieties, low soil fertility (mainly N and P deficiency) low presence of effective indigenous rhizobia and high occurrence of highly competitive but inefficient indigenous rhizobia strains.
Biological nitrogen fixation (BNF) through exploitation of the rhizobia-legume symbiosis and use of inoculants coupled with soil amendments such as Phosphorus offers in part a means to improve cowpea yield, nutrition and soil fertility.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Poster
Keywords:Bodenwissenschaften, Pflanzenzüchtung, soil fertility, cowpea, indigenous rhizobia, biological nitrogen fixation
Subjects: Soil > Soil quality
Crop husbandry > Breeding, genetics and propagation
"Organics" in general > Countries and regions > Africa
Research affiliation: Switzerland > ETHZ - Agrarwissenschaften
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Soil
Related Links:http://www.northsouth.ethz.ch/programmes/sawiris/sawiris_7, http://isfmafrica2012.org/4th%20announcement%20ISFM%20Africa%20October%202012.pdf
Deposited By: Messmer, Dr. Monika
ID Code:22169
Deposited On:15 Jan 2013 12:49
Last Modified:13 Jan 2021 14:57
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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