Okoh Et Al

Okoh et al

Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences

Vol.
11(3), pp. 114-122, 2021

ISSN:
2276-7770

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Effects of Leaf Harvesting Frequencies on Yield and
Quality of African Eggplant (Solanum
macrocapon
) Seeds

 

 

Okoh, John
Ochoche; Iyorkaa, Nater; Etta, Blessing Ojong

 

 

Joseph Sarwuan Tarka University, PMB 2373 Makurdi –
Nigeria.

 

 

 

ARTICLE INFO

ABSTRACT

 

Article No.: 071521067

Type: Research

 

 

The
experiment was conducted to investigate the effect of leaf harvesting on
yield and quality of African eggplant (Solanum
macrocapon
) seeds. The study was conducted during the 2019 cropping
season both at the Teaching and Research Farm and Seed Science laboratory of
Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi. A single factor experiment was
laid out in a Randomized Complete Block Design (RCBD) on the field, while the
laboratory experiment was laid out in Completely Randomized Design (CRD) in
three replications. Germination test was conducted using sand method in
plastic containers. One hundred seeds were sown in each container to
represent a replicate and covered with fine sand. The treatments are: No leaf
harvest throughout the life cycle of the crop; Leaf harvest, once at 4 weeks
after transplanting; Leaf harvest at 4 and 6 weeks after transplanting and
Leaf harvest at 4, 6 and 8 weeks after transplanting. Data were collected on
the following parameters; Fruit diameter, Number of fruit per plant, Number
of seeds per fruit and 1000-seed weight. The data collected was subjected to
analysis of variance (ANOVA). Treatment means were separated using Fisher
Least Significant Difference (FLSD). The result showed that leaf harvesting
frequency significantly reduced number of fruits per plant, 1000-seed weight
and germination rate. However, it does not affect fruit size, number of seeds
per fruit and germination percentage. It is therefore concluded that African
eggplant could be harvested as vegetable leaves up to 8 weeks after
transplanting without reducing yield and quality of the seeds.

 

Accepted:  15/07/2021

Published: 31/07/2021

 

*Corresponding Author

Okoh, John Ochoche

E-mail: johnokoh69@
gmail. com

Phone: 08074239171

 

Keywords:

Leaf Harvesting; crop yield; crop quality; African
Eggplant; Solanum macrocapon; seeds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cite this Article: Okoh, JO; Iyorkaa, N; Etta, BO (2021). Effects of Leaf Harvesting
Frequencies on Yield and Quality of African Eggplant (Solanum macrocapon) Seeds. Greener
Journal of Agricultural Sciences
11(3): 114-122.

 

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