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International Journal of Agricultural Policy and Research
ISSN 2350-1561
Vol.3 (5), pp. 213-221,May 2015
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Article 15/ID/JPR027/09/ pages
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Original Research Article

Evaluating the potential of incorporating sugarcane host-plant resistance into integrated nematode management strategies

Chirchir Alexander Kipkorir1,2,*, John W. Kimenju2, Emmanuel S. Ariga2, George M. Kariuki3 and Chrispine O. Omondi4

1Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization – Sugar Research Institute, P.O. Box 44-40100, Kisumu Kenya.
2Department of Plant Science and Crop Protection, University of Nairobi, P.O. Box 29053-00625, Nairobi, Kenya.
3Kenyatta University, Department of Agric Science and Technology, P.O. Box 43844-00100 Nairobi, Kenya.
4Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization- Coffee Research Institute, P.O. Box 4-00232, Ruiru, Kenya.

*Corresponding Author E-mail: alkchirchir(at)
Tel.: +254 722 206921

date Received:     date Accepted: April 20, 2015     date Published:


Certain sugarcane cultivars have been shown to exhibit resistance against some parasitic nematode species. A field study was conducted to assess potential of integrating this property into nematode control packages to enhance sugarcane productivity. Three sugarcane cultivars were evaluated in a split-plot design under three rates of nematicide aldicarb and replicated thrice. Significant differences (P ≤ 0.05; P ≤ 0.01) were observed in girth, plant height, millable stalks number and yield among the different cultivars and nematicide rates. KEN83-737, N14 and Co 421 reduced nematode populations in treated plots by 67, 49 and 32% while supporting nematode population growth in untreated plots by 24, 33 and 92% respectively at 9 months after planting. Reduction in nematode numbers resulted in a mean increase in yield, girth, plant height, millable stalks number and pol % cane by 34, 18, 37, 53 and 6% respectively. This reduction was highest for resistant and lowest for susceptible cultivars, hence indicating the reduction was partly due to host-plant resistance status of the cultivars. This study established that use of resistant/ tolerant cultivars with aldicarb has an additive effect in reducing nematode numbers resulting in improvement of yield and quality of sugarcane.

Key words: Host-plant resistance status, nematodes, sugarcane cultivars, sugarcane productivity.

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