Effects of intercropping systems and Rhizobium inoculation on yields of maize (Zea mays) and two legumes (Phaseolus vulgaris and Dolichos lablab)

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dc.contributor.author Massawe, Prosper I.
dc.contributor.author Mtei, Kelvin M.
dc.contributor.author Munishi, Linus K.
dc.contributor.author Ndakidemi, Patrick A.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-05-21T08:01:41Z
dc.date.available 2019-05-21T08:01:41Z
dc.date.issued 2017-02-28
dc.identifier.issn 2222-5234
dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.12692/ijb/10.2.188-200
dc.identifier.uri http://dspace.nm-aist.ac.tz/handle/123456789/104
dc.description Research Article published by International Journal of Biosciences Vol. 10, No. 2, 2017 en_US
dc.description.abstract This study aimed to assess the effect of intercropping systems, Rhizobium inoculation and legumes on yield components and grain yields of maize and two legumes. To achieve this objective, field experiments were executed at Selian Agricultural Research Institute (SARI) for two cropping seasons. A randomised complete block design was used in a 3-factorial arrangement with two levels of Rhizobium (with and without rhizobia), 2 legumes (P. vulgaris and D. lablab) and 5 intercropping systems. The results showed that Rhizobium inoculation, cropping systems and legumes significantly (P≤0.001) increased maize and legumes yield components and grain yields in two seasons. The interaction between Rhizobium inoculation, legumes and cropping systems had significant effect (P≤0.001) on some of yield components and grains yield of maize and legumes in both seasons. These results suggest a significant yield increment by more than 35% when the two legumes were inoculated and intercropped with maize. Therefore based on these experimental findings, farmers should be advised to use Rhizobium as biofertilizers in maize-legumes intercrop as these improve soil fertility and crops yield. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher International Journal of Biosciences en_US
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International *
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/ *
dc.subject Yield components en_US
dc.subject Intercropping systems, en_US
dc.subject Grain yields en_US
dc.subject Rhizobium en_US
dc.title Effects of intercropping systems and Rhizobium inoculation on yields of maize (Zea mays) and two legumes (Phaseolus vulgaris and Dolichos lablab) en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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