Growth and Development of Wetland-Grown Taro under Different Plant Populations and Seedbed Types in Uganda

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dc.contributor.author Tumuhimbise, R.
dc.contributor.author Talwana, H.A.L.
dc.contributor.author Osiru, D. S. O.
dc.contributor.author Serem, A.K.
dc.contributor.author Ndabikunze, B.K.
dc.contributor.author Nandi, J. O. M.
dc.contributor.author Palapala, Valerie A.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-03-25T09:12:04Z
dc.date.available 2019-03-25T09:12:04Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.uri http://erepo.usiu.ac.ke/11732/4503
dc.description Journal Article en_US
dc.description.abstract Taro [Colocasia esculenta (L.) Schott] is a member of the Araceace family that is a staple food for many people in developing countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific Islands. It is widely grown in Uganda but the extent of its production and consumption is not known, partly because it has been ignored as legitimate crop for research and development (R&D), and it is managed outside the conventional agricultural production, marketing and economic channels. Therefore, there is limited information on many aspects of taro, including agronomic practices. In order obtain data that can support improved and sustainable taro production, a field trial was conducted over two cropping seasons at Kabanyolo in central Uganda, to determine the effect of three taro plant populations (10,000, 17,760 and 40,000 pph) and two seedbed types (flat and ridged seedbed) on growth and yield of taro. The treatments were arranged in a split – split – plots design, with three replications. Seedbed type was in the main plot and plant populations in the sub-plots. These were further split to accommodate five sampling dates for plant growth. Each experimental subplot measured 6 m x 6 m and contained 36, 64 and 144 experimental plants, respectively. During a 5-month growth period, leaf area index (LAI) and corm yield were significantly (P < 0.05) higher in closely spaced plants (high plant population). Seedbed type had no (P>0.05) effect on taro growth and yield. However, using high plant population may not be recommended because of the enormous amount of planting material that would be needed. From this study, a moderately wide spacing of 0.75 m x 0.75 m which produced an acceptable yield of 5.5 – 6.8 t ha-1 would be recommended. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher African Crop Science Society en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries African Crop Science Journal, Vol. 17, No. 1, pp. 49 - 60;
dc.subject Agronomy en_US
dc.subject Colocasia esculenta en_US
dc.subject Corm en_US
dc.subject LAI en_US
dc.title Growth and Development of Wetland-Grown Taro under Different Plant Populations and Seedbed Types in Uganda en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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