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1943/1944
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Thomas, A.T.
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Dr. Nattrass' note "To hoe or not to hoe" in the July number of The East African Agricultural Journal raises a question of cultivation in which I have been interested for some time, particularly in respect of robusta coffee, and which I have discussed in a recently completed paper; the paper is too long for this journal, but I hope that it will be published elsewhere. Robusta coffee grows wild in many forests of Uganda, often in swampy hollows; the wild trees always have a very shallow root system, with strong lateral roots arising from the trunk of the tree close to ground level, and spreading to considerable distances just below the surface of the ground; many of the feeding roots of the wild trees are not in the soil at all, but are in the thin -layer of fallen leaves lying on top of it.
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East African Agricultural and Forestry Journal, 9 (IX), pp. 185-186
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