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Ecology of a Typical Taro Farm at Sabana, Rota, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

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Title:  Ecology of a Typical Taro Farm at Sabana, Rota, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
Authors: Ragus, L.N.
Almario, V.M.
Richards, H.
Keywords: Colocasia esculenta
manual weed control
mechanical weed control
Northern Mariana Islands
taro
show 2 moreTarophagus proserpina
weeds

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Issue Date: Jan 1993
Publisher: University of Hawaii
Citation: Ragus LN, Almario VM, Richards H. 1993. Ecology of a typical taro farm at Sabana, Rota, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. In: Ferentinos L, editor. Proceedings of the Sustainable Taro Culture for the Pacific Conference. Sustainable Taro Culture for the Pacific Conference; 1992 Sept 24-25; Honolulu, Hawaii. Honolulu (HI): University of Hawaii. p. 15-19.
Series/Report no.: Research Extension Series
140
Abstract: The ecological study of a typical taro farm at Sabana, Rota, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) was conducted from October, 1990 to June, 1991
to compare the pests associated with taro under low-input, high-input, and farmer's practice of weeding taro. This experiment was superimposed with a yield/profitability
study of taro under weeding at 60 and 120 days after planting (OAP) (low input); 30, 60, 90, and 120 OAP (high input); and rototilling at 60 and 120 OAP (farmer's
practice). Under the three weed management schemes, common diseases associated with taro were not observed during the experimental period. Only planthopper (Tarophagus proserpina) was consistently observed for eight months. Low-input plots had more counts of nymphs and adult planthoppers than other treated plots. Weed counting done at 60, 120, and 180 days showed 15 weed species as commonly growing with taro. However, Eleusine indica L.,
Ageratum conyzoides L., and Bidens pilosa L. were predominant and aggressively competing with taro for space, light, water, and nutrients.
Pages/Duration: 5 pages
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/4297
ISSN: 0271-9916
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Proceedings of the Sustainable Taro Culture for the Pacific Conference



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