Volume 24 , Issue 4,December 2023

Survey of Termites along Yenagoa-Imiringi-Otuoke Axis of Bayelsa State, Southern Nigeria

Termites are very useful in tropical ecosystems as they contribute greatly to decomposition of organic matter, nutrients recycling, and to soil improvements and fertility. However, they also constitute very significant negative impacts to man and society worldwide, owing to their devastations on crops, forestry and to household and public resources.

Preservative Potentials of Ocimum basilicum Essential OilLoaded Chitosan-Alginate Complexes on Tomato Fruits

Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) is a highly perishable fruit, susceptible to microbial spoilage and enzymatic degradation leading to significant post-harvest losses. Rise in the global demand for safe and healthy food with minimal synthetic preservatives has raised the need for natural preservatives. The preservative potential of Basil (Ocimum basilicum) essential oil (BEO) essential oil loaded chitosan- alginate coating on fresh tomato fruits was investigated.

The Effect of Edible Clay (Èkó) Suspension on Serum Lipid Profile of Normal Female Wistar Rats

ABSTRACT: Studies have shown that edible clay contains metal contaminants, and its ingestion may be toxic to the body. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of edible clay on serum lipid profile of female Wistar rats. Forty (40) healthy female Wistar rats, weighing 150 - 200 g, were sorted into four groups named group 1 - 4 with 10 rats each (n = 10). Group 1 was the control and orally received distilled water daily, while groups 2–4 received various doses of edible clay suspension ranging from 200, 800 and 1600 mg/kg respectively, through the same route for 28 days.

Soil Augmentation with Moringa oleifera Lam. Leaf Materials for Assessment of Pod Yield, Nitrate Reductase Activity and Proximate Fractions of Bambara Groundnut (Vigna subterranea (L.) Verdc.

Application of dry ground leaves of Moringa oleifera (Lam.) as soil nutrient augment for the productive assessment of seven accessions of bambara groundnut (Vigna subterranea (L.) Verdc.) was studied. The experimental pots (containing 4 kg of soil) were treated with 0 g (control), 10 g, 20 g and 35 g of dry powdered leaves in three replicates, arranged as completely randomised block design. Data collected include percent germination, number of days to flower bud formation, number of flower buds and flowers formed, number of pods produced per plant and 100-pod fresh and dry weights.