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The Sheanut tree (Vitellaria paradoxa C.F. Gaertn.) is highly valued for oil obtained from its seeds and frequently maintained in the semi-arid parklands of sub-Saharan Africa from Senegal to Uganda. Although variation has been noted for V. paradoxa subsp. paradoxa, few studies have been undertaken on patterns of phenotypic or genotypic diversity. Results(More)
The Sheanut tree (Vitellaria paradoxa Gaertn.), a multi-purpose species highly valued for the oil obtained from its seeds, is commonly maintained in the semi-arid parklands of sub-Saharan West Africa. An inventory in the West Gonja District, Northern Region, Ghana, revealed that on intensively farmed land this species constituted 79.7 ± 7.2% (Basal area =(More)
The baobab tree (Adansonia digitata L.) is one of the key species for domestication in the semi-arid regions of Africa. In order to help select superior materials for cultivation, fruit morphological variation focussing on pulp content was studied in two physically isolated genetically different baobab populations: Mali and Malawi (West and south-eastern(More)
The benefits provided by underutilised fruit tree species such as baobab (Adansonia digitata L.) in combating increasing malnutrition and poverty become more apparent as awareness grows regarding concerns of climate change and food security. Due to its multiple uses, its high nutritional and medicinal value, drought tolerance and relatively easy(More)
The baobab tree (Adansonia digitata L.) is a valued savannah tree. Although variation in fruit characteristics of this tree have been studied, no studies to our knowledge have been carried out on variation of leaf morphology which can be linked to drought adaptation mechanisms. Accessions of baobab from different ecosystems in Benin were characterised for(More)
Protocols for isolation of gametes of Oryza sativa were developed and initial results on in vitro fusion of sperm and egg cells are reported. The best yield of viable sperm cells was obtained when pollen grains were cultured in a medium containing of 1.3 mM boric acid, 3.6 mM calcium chloride, 0.74 mM potassium phosphate, and 438 mM sucrose. Embryo sacs(More)
A farmers’ participatory survey was carried out in the mid-hill and plain (Terai) regions of Nepal to assess the diversity, consumers’ preference for fruit quality and potential for selection of elite pomelo clones. A wide variation of morphological characters of tree, fruit, leaf and seed was identified from information gathered and from laboratory(More)
Amphidiploidy was induced by colchicine treatment of cuttings from the F1 interspecific hybrid Phaseolus vulgaris L.♀ x Ph. coccineus L.♂. Pollen stainability rose from about 50% in the raw amphidiploid to 76% in some C5 individuals; similar improvement in seed fertility was also observed. It is suggested that both genic and chromosomal factors are(More)
A farmers’ participatory survey was carried out in five different agroecosystems of Bangladesh to obtain information on the genetic diversity, consumers preferences for fruit quality and to assess the data to select potentially superior genotypes of jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus Lam.). A wide variation in morpho-agronomic characters was identified(More)
Although Brassica juncea (Indian mustard) is reported to be a good accumulator of metals, little is known of the selected varieties of B. juncea (cvs. Rai and BARI-11). This paper investigates the phytoaccumulation of arsenic, cadmium and lead by B. juncea (cvs. Rai and BARI-11) parents and F1 hybrids. The experiment was conducted in the hydroponic media in(More)