Edward Berkelaar, Ph.D.
We recently learned of a simple technique that may reduce bacterial wilt in tomatoes. Interplanting (or pre-planting) Chinese chive with tomato results in allelopathic suppression of the organism responsible for bacterial wilt.
Bacterial wilt is a disease that affects many different crops, including tomato, potato, tobacco, pepper, the curcurbits (cucumber, cantaloupes, squash, and pumpkins) and some forage crops. The disease is caused by a number of different bacterial organisms. In tomato, the disease is caused
Martin Price, Ph.D.
During one rainy season 24 families in a Mexican village and 10 vendors at a regional market were regularly interviewed about type and quantity of weed use. Also the weed vegetation was surveyed and 49 farmers were interviewed concerning their farming practices and costs. All of the 74 weed species found in cornfields were useful, whether as a forage, a potherb (an edible annual plant), or a medicinal or ornamental plant.
A habitat management system to control stemborers and striga has been developed by the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), along with Kenya’s Ministry of Agriculture, the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI), and IACR-Rothamsted of the UK. The system is called a ‘push-pull’ strategy.
It is not uncommon for people to rely on crops that are not the most suitable for their region. Here is an example from Ethiopia with some suggestions for alternatives.
The July/September 2001 issue of Appropriate Technology (Volume 28, No. 3) included several articles about SRI (System of Rice Intensification; see EDN 70).
Almost all Sesbania inoculant is capable of forming both stem and root nodules in S. rostrata.
The questions we asked in EDN 69 were: Do you drink the tea yourself or know people who do? How do you make the tea? How often do you drink it? Do you know of people who drink the tea regularly and still get malaria?