Insect Damage to Exotic Pasture In The Southern Highlands of Tanzania

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1975
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McCrae A.W.R
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The following report is of a brief investigation into an insect outbreak causing extensive damage to exotic pasture grasses. This involved the U.N. Special Fund Southern Highlands Sheep Rearing Project on the 9000-ft (2750-m) Kitulo Plateau at the northern end of Lake Nyasa. The natural grasslands of this plateau consist of fire and frost-tolerant grass species (principally Eragrostis hispida K. Schum) together with a great diversity of flowering plants, growing on shallow humic soil seldom more than one foot deep overlying very porous volcanic ash and pumice. Mean annual rainfall is about 100 in (2540 mm), most falling from November to May. Frosts occur throughout the year, June to September being the coolest months.
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East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, 40 (3), p. 335-336
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