UGSpace Repository

Cactus Pear (Opuntia ficus-indica L): A Future Asset for Sustainability of Drylands in Northern Ethiopia

Show simple item record

dc.contributor.author Bariagabre, S.A.
dc.contributor.author Asante, I.A.
dc.contributor.author Gordon, C.
dc.contributor.author Ananng, T.Y.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-04-24T18:51:40Z
dc.date.accessioned 2017-10-14T12:22:11Z
dc.date.available 2017-04-24T18:51:40Z
dc.date.available 2017-10-14T12:22:11Z
dc.date.issued 2016-06
dc.identifier.citation Bariagabre A.S., AsanteI. K., Gordon C. and Ananng, Ted Y. (2016): Cactus Pear (Opuntia ficus-indica L): A Future Asset for Sustainability of Drylands in Northern Ethiopia. International Journal of Science, Environment and Technology, Vol. 5, No 3. (2016) pp: 846 – 860. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2278-3687 (O)
dc.identifier.issn 2277-663X (P)
dc.identifier.uri http://197.255.68.203/handle/123456789/21976
dc.description Article en_US
dc.description.abstract Opuntia ficus-indica (L.) commonly referred to as cactus pear is a dicotyledonous angiosperm plant. It belongs to the Cactaceae family and is characterized by its remarkable adaptation to arid and semi-arid climates in tropical and subtropical regions of the globe. Opuntia species have developed phenological, physiological and structural adaptations for growth and survival in arid and semi-arid environments where severe water stress hinders the survival of other plant species. Among these adaptations, the asynchronous reproduction and CAM metabolism of cactus stands out, which combined with structural adaptations such as succulence, allow them to continue the assimilation of carbon dioxide during long periods of drought reaching acceptable productivity levels even in years of severe drought. Soil physical, chemical and biological properties are considerably improved under the canopies of cactus pear compared to adjacent open areas. The generalized linear model showed that soil organic carbon, soil total nitrogen, soil available phosphorus, soil moisture, soil bacteria and soil fungi contents of soil samples were positively and significantly influenced by cactus pear canopy cover compared to adjacent open areas. The higher nutrient content under the cactus pear canopy was also positively associated with abundance of soil bacteria and fungi which facilitated the decomposition of organic materials. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher International Journal of Science, Environment and Technology en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries ;5/3
dc.subject Cactus pear en_US
dc.subject degradation en_US
dc.subject rehabilitation en_US
dc.subject soil chemical property en_US
dc.subject soil microbes en_US
dc.title Cactus Pear (Opuntia ficus-indica L): A Future Asset for Sustainability of Drylands in Northern Ethiopia en_US
dc.type Article en_US


Files in this item

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record

Search UGSpace


Browse

My Account