Microclimate modification and insect pest exclusion using agronet improve pod yield and quality of french bean

Gogo Elisha O., Saidi Mwanarusi, Ochieng Jacob Mugwa, Martin Thibaud, Baird Vance, Ngouajio Mathieu. 2014. Microclimate modification and insect pest exclusion using agronet improve pod yield and quality of french bean. HortScience, 49 (10) : pp. 1298-1304.

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Quartile : Q2, Sujet : HORTICULTURE

Abstract : French bean [Phaseolus vulgaris (L.)] is among the leading export vegetable in Africa, mostly produced by small-scale farmers. Unfavorable environmental conditions and heavy infestations by insect pests are among the major constraints limiting production of the crop. Most French bean producers grow their crop in open fields outdoors subject to harsh environmental conditions and repeatedly spray insecticides in a bid to realize high yield. This has led to rejection of some of the produce at the export market as a result of stringent limits on maximum residue levels. Two trials were conducted at the Horticulture Research and Teaching Field, Egerton University, Kenya, to evaluate the potential of using agricultural nets (herein referred to as agronets) to improve the microclimate, reduce pest infestation, and increase the yield and quality of French bean. A randomized complete block design with five replications was used. French bean seeds were direct-seeded, sprayed with an alpha-cypermethrin-based insecticide (control), covered with a treated agronet (0.9 mm 3 0.7 mm average pore size made of 100 denier yarn knitted into a mesh impregnated with alpha-cypermethrin), or covered with an untreated-agronet (0.9 mm 3 0.7 mm average pore size made of 100 denier yarn knitted into a mesh not impregnated with insecticide). Alpha-cypermethrin and agronets were manufactured by Tagros Chemicals (India) and A to Z Textile Mills (Tanzania), respectively. Covering French bean with the agronets modified the microclimate of the growing crop with air temperature increased by '10%, relative humidity by 4%, and soil moisture by 20%, whereas photosynthetic active radiation (PAR) and daily light integral (DLI) were decreased by '1% and 11.5%, respectively. Populations of silverleaf whitefly [Bemisia tabaci (Gennadius)] and black bean aphids [Aphis fabae (Scopoli)] were reduced under agronet covers as contrasted with control plots. Furthermore, populations of both pests were reduced on French bean grown under impregnated agronets compared with untreated agronets, but only on three of the five sampling dates [30, 44, and 72 days after planting (DAP)] for silver leaf whitefly or at only one of the five sampling dates (30 DAP) for black bean aphid. Covering French bean with agronets advanced seedling emergence by 2 days and increased seedling emergence over 90% compared with control plots. French bean plants covered with both agronet treatments had faster development, better pod yield, and quality compared with the uncovered plants. These findings demonstrate the potential of agronets in improving French bean performance while minimizing the number of insecticide sprays within the crop cycle, which could lead to less rejection of produce in the export market and improved environmental quality. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Phaseolus vulgaris, Lutte anti-insecte, Méthode de lutte, Microclimat, Rendement des cultures, Qualité, Insecticide, Pulvérisation

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Kenya

Classification Agris : H10 - Pests of plants
F08 - Cropping patterns and systems

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 4 (2014-2018) - Santé des animaux et des plantes

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Gogo Elisha O., Egerton University (KEN)
  • Saidi Mwanarusi, Egerton University (KEN)
  • Ochieng Jacob Mugwa, Egerton University (KEN)
  • Martin Thibaud, CIRAD-PERSYST-UPR HortSys (KEN)
  • Baird Vance, MSU (USA)
  • Ngouajio Mathieu, Michigan University (USA)

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