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Record number 409406
Title The Role of Moisture in the Successful Rehabilitation of Denuded Patches of a Semi-Arid Environment in Kenya
Author(s) Mganga, K.Z.; Musimba, N.; Nyangito, M.M.; Musimba, N.K.R.; Mwangombe, A.W.; Ekaya, W.N.; Muiri, W.M.; Clavel, D.; Francis, J.; Kaufman, R. Von; Verhagen, A.
Source Journal of Environmental Science and Technology 3 (2011)4. - ISSN 1994-7887 - p. 195 - 207.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.3923/jest.2010.195.207
Department(s) PPO/PRI AGRO Multifunctioneel Landgebruik
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2011
Abstract This study investigated the role of moisture in the successful rehabilitation of denuded patches in semi-arid lands of Kenya and the primary productivity of three perennial rangelands grasses namely Cenchrus ciliaris (African foxtail), Enteropogon macrostachyus (Bush rye) and Eragrostis superba (Maasai love grass) at three phenological stages (early growth, elongation and reproduction) as pure stands and two-grass mixtures. The grasses were sown on either rainfed (Sites 1 and 2) or simulated rainfall conditions (site 3). Site preparation in all the 3 sites involved mechanical bush clearing, use of fire and creation of micro-catchments using an ox-drawn plough. Soils in site 3 were sandy clay loams and those in sites 1 and 2 were sandy clays. There was total failure in establishment sites 1 and 2 under natural rainfall. Site 3 had good germination and subsequent establishment. These results were attributed to the moisture conditions in the three sites. There was a significant difference (p
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