publication . Article . 2011

Seedbed preparation influence on morphometric characteristics of perennial grasses of a semi-arid rangeland in Kenya

Opiyo, Francis EO; Ekaya, Wellington N; Nyariki, Dickson M; Mureithi, Stephen Mwangi;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2011
  • Country: Belgium
Abstract
Semi-arid rangelands in Kenya are an important source of forage for both domestic and wild animals. However, indigenous perennial grasses notably Cenchrus ciliaris (African foxtail grass), Eragrostis superba (Maasai love grass) and Enteropogon macrostachyus (Bush rye grass) are disappearing at an alarming rate. Efforts to re-introduce them through restoration programs have often yielded little success. This can partly be attributed to failure of topsoil to capture and store scarce water to meet germination and plant growth requirements. A study was undertaken in the semi-arid environment of eastern Kenya to determine the effects of land treatment on morphometric...
Subjects
Medical Subject Headings: food and beverages
free text keywords: Agriculture and Food Sciences, ripping, semi-arid rangelands, morphometric characteristics, Perennial grasses, reseeding, hand-clearing
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