Are millipedes a pest in low-input crop production in north-eastern Uganda? : farmer's perception and experimentation

E. Ebregt

Research output: Thesisexternal PhD, WU

Abstract

These studies included: (i) Field survey on farmers’ knowledge on sweet potato production and perception of millipede infestation; (ii) Field assessment of pests in sweet potato and other major crops conducted in the planting seasons of 2000 – 2002; (iii) Feeding activity of the East African millipede Omopyge sudanica Kraus, based on no-choice laboratory experiments, and (iv) Comparison of the indigenous cultural practices of piecemeal harvesting and storage roots ‘in-ground on plants’ with one-time harvesting after crop senescence in trials conducted in the planting seasons of 2002 – 2003. There was inadequate information about millipedes in general and possible control strategies in East Africa. Therefore a literature study was also done to gain more knowledge about this animal.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Wageningen University
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Struik, Paul, Promotor
Award date16 Oct 2007
Place of Publication[S.l.]
Print ISBNs9789085047339
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Keywords

  • ipomoea batatas
  • sweet potatoes
  • field crops
  • arthropod pests
  • diplopoda
  • organic farming
  • farmers' attitudes
  • integrated pest management
  • uganda

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