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Evaluation Of The Growth And Foliage Yield Of Artemisia Annua (Asteraceae) Grown With Varying Levels Of Two Types Of Organic Manure In Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria

The evaluation of the growth and foliage yield of Artemisia annua was carried out in Jos Plateau State, Nigeria using varying levels of two types of organic manure from December 2015 to June 2016. Poultry droppings and Sheep droppings were mixed separately with soil in the potting ratio of 3:2:1 i.e loam, river sand and organic manures respectively and put in bags. The various manure levels added were 0t/ha (control), 10 t/ha, 15 t/ha, and 20 t/ha respectively in each case. These combinations were replicated three times and laid out in the format of a Randomized Complete Block Design (RCBD) before the seedlings of Artemisia annua plant were transplanted into the bags. The differences within the means for the various parameters examined were largely not significant statistically, though the performance of plants treated with Sheep droppings were slightly better than those of Poultry droppings in almost all the parameters studied. It is recommended that either poultry droppings or sheep droppings could be used in the cultivation of A.annua and the best level for either of them is 10 t/ha.

Author(s): Odenigbo EC* and Ajala BA

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