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Conducting ethanobotanical surveys: an example from Ghana on plants used for the protection of stored cereals and pulses (NRI Bulletin 77)

Conducting ethanobotanical surveys: an example from Ghana on plants used for the protection of stored cereals and pulses (NRI Bulletin 77)

Cobbinah, J.R., Moss, C., Golob, P. and Belmain, S.R. ORCID: 0000-0002-5590-7545 (1999) Conducting ethanobotanical surveys: an example from Ghana on plants used for the protection of stored cereals and pulses (NRI Bulletin 77). [Working Paper]

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Abstract

A survey was undertaken in the Ashanti Region of Ghana to assess the use of plant materials with insecticidal and repellent properties on local farms. Emphasis was placed on plant materials used to protect stores containing cereals and pulses. A total of 27 plant species were recorded as having protective qualities against storage pests of cereals and pulses. The species Chromolaena odorata (L.) [siam weed], Azadirachta indica A. Juss [neem] and Capsicum annuum L. [chilli pepper] were the most commonly used to protect stored food. In addition to plants used to protect stored products, bio-activity against insect pests was reported in approximately 95 plant species. The most frequently mentioned plant species were Bambusa vulgaris Schrad. [bamboo], Citrus spp. [lime, lemon and orange], Datura innoxia Mill., Manihot esculenta Crantz [cassava] and Piper umbellatum L. The survey found that 26% of the farmers interviewed used botanicals in some form for stored product protection; however, only a small percentage (7%) relied on them exclusively to protect their harvest from storage pests. Smoking of maize stores was the most common method of control in most districts (28%), with the exception of the major maize-growing districts (Ejura and Mampong), where the majority of farmers used conventional insecticides for the control of stored product pests.

Item Type: Working Paper
Additional Information: [1] ISBN: 0 85954 502-4.
Uncontrolled Keywords: ethnobotanical survey, Ghana, postharvest, cereals, pulses, Ashanti region, pest control, pest management, insecticide, pesticide, biopesticide
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
S Agriculture > SB Plant culture
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Food & Markets Department
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Last Modified: 17 Mar 2014 15:07
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/11105

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