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Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Ecology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Swedish University of Agriculture Science, Sweden.
Swedish University of Agriculture Science, Sweden.
Wolaita Sodo University, Ethiopia; Haramaya University, Ethiopia.
Areka Research Centre, Ethiopia; Hawassa University, Ethiopia.
2015 (English)In: Experimental Agriculture, ISSN 0014-4797, E-ISSN 1469-4441, Vol. 51, no 2, 232-243 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Enset [Ensete ventricosum (Welw.) Cheesman (Musaceae)] is a multi-purpose and drought-tolerant crop, traditionally grown in Ethiopia. Food from enset has nutritive values similar to potato; it could improve food and livelihood security for many in larger geographical areas. Agronomical advice is needed which requires increased knowledge of management techniques. The purposes of this study were to (i) compare traditional corm pre-treatments when planting for sucker production, (ii) compare all six officially released cultivars regarding sprouting and (iii) investigate the effect of watering on newly buried corms. Emergence rate and number and characteristics of sprouts were recorded. Corms, from 63 two year old plants, were buried in local soil supplied with cow manure in Wolaita Sodo, Ethiopia. Emergence was recorded daily. After nine months, including one rainy season, all suckers (totally 4405) were harvested and individually recorded. Regardless of cultivar, minimum time to emergence was 50 days. Sprouts from split parent corms emerged earlier than from entire. Emergence occurred from 100% of corms, number of sprouts was strongly correlated to cultivar: average 28-106. The cultivars responded similarly to corm splitting: the more pieces the corm was split into, the more sprouts per parent corm. Average pseudostem diameter of the seven largest per parent corm: 8-10 cm for all cultivars, leaf length: 3.1-3.7 m, remaining 2700 smaller suckers: diameter 3 cm (SD 1.8). Watering decreased the average time to emergence and levelled out the differences between pre-treatments. The traditional belief is that watering as well as manure on corm cause rotting; manure is therefore usually put on the soil surface. On the contrary, full emergence and unexpected large suckers may be a result of careful soil preparation with manure applied on corm directly; watering resulted in an even emergence and growth. In conclusion, vegetative propagation of enset is efficient, but methods used and agronomical advice can be improved.

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Cambridge University Press (CUP): STM Journals , 2015. Vol. 51, no 2, 232-243 p.
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Biological Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-116945DOI: 10.1017/S0014479714000246ISI: 000351404700005OAI: diva2:802106

Funding Agencies|Formas (The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning)

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