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Growth and Forage Value of Moringa (Moringa oleifera Lam.) under Different Organic Fertilization and Cut Intervals

Author(s): Ivonete Alves Bakke | Jacob Silva Souto | Patrícia Carneiro Souto

Journal: Engenharia Ambiental : Pesquisa e Tecnologia
ISSN 1678-2178

Volume: 7;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 133;
Date: 2010;
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Keywords: Keywords: semi arid area | forage | bromatological composition.

The present work was carried out in two UFPB Experimental Stations (NUPEARIDO (Luvissolo Planossólico (Bruno não Cálcico) and Lameirão farms (Luvissolo) located in the semi-arid region of Brazil), from February to August/2000. Its objective consisted to verify the influence of organic fertilizers (bovine, goat and donkey manures, and organic compost of plants remains) and cut intervals (three and six months after seedling planting) in the bromatological composition of moringa (Moringa oleifera Lam) above ground forage. Planting of 15cm high seedlings took place in February, into 0.30m x 0.30m x 0.30m openings in the soil, arranged in a 1.5m x 1.5m grid, in the beginning of the rainy season. Plants were cut three and six months after planting. Also, new stems were cut three months after the first cutting. Collected materials were analyzed for Dry Matter (DM), Neutral Detergent Fiber (NDF), Acid Detergent Fiber (ADF), Crude Protein (CP), ash and Hemicellulose (HC) contents. Forage from six-month-old plants showed an increased HC content when fertilized with bovine or goat manure. Forage from three-month old plants showed different NDF, ADF, PB, and ash contents than the older ones, except for stem DM and HC. Three-month-old moringa sprouts showed higher CP and ash contents than material from three or six month old non-cut plants.
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