Improving Resource Use under Maize-Green Manure Legume Systems in Coastal Lowland Kenya

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2007
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Hemedi Mkunzi Sah
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Maize (Zea mays L.) production in coastal lowland Kenya is very low due to low inherent soil fertility and high weed infestation. Mucuna (Mucuna pruriens) has great potential for replenishing soil fertility and for suppressing weeds but has a depressive effect on maize when it is intercropped with the cereal. A study was conducted in coastal lowland Kenya between 2002 and 2004 to assess the impact of plant density and time of intercropping mucuna on ground cover, light interception, soil moisture, root distribution, nutrient uptake, weed infestation, and the subsequent performance of both the legume and maize.
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