Effect of insect pollinators and natural enemies on common bean (phaseolus vulgaris l.) growth and yield in Arusha, Tanzania

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dc.contributor.author Mkindi, Martin Gerald
dc.date.accessioned 2019-05-28T06:53:02Z
dc.date.available 2019-05-28T06:53:02Z
dc.date.issued 2017-12
dc.identifier.uri http://dspace.nm-aist.ac.tz/handle/123456789/227
dc.description A Dissertation Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master’s in Life Science of the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology en_US
dc.description.abstract This study examined the potential of pollination from stingless bees in common beans, the effects of natural enemies on aphid infestation in common bean plants and the effect of natural enemies on growth, yields and yield components of common beans. Common beans of Lyamungo 90 variety were used as a test crop under natural rain fed condition throughout the growing season in a randomized block design experiment that had seven treatments replicated four times. Normal agronomic practices such as tilling, planting and weeding, coupled with the introduction of stingless bees and ladybird beetles in the pollination and pest control activities were employed. Analysis of Variance was used to determine mean aphid incidence/severity and LSD was used to separate means at p=0.05 level of probability. Results showed that there was a significant increment of pods per plant (6.278), seed per pods (3.011) and total yield per hectare (2164.328) in stingless bee pollination cages and significant aphid control by the action of ladybird beetles. This study calls for enhancements of research on ecosystem services under natural field contexts in order to obtain enough data to support adoption of the interventions to especially small scale farming communities in developing countries. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher NM-AIST en_US
dc.subject Research Subject Categories::NATURAL SCIENCES en_US
dc.title Effect of insect pollinators and natural enemies on common bean (phaseolus vulgaris l.) growth and yield in Arusha, Tanzania en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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