Control of Chickpea Root knot Nematodes (Meloidogyne spp.) in Nakuru County, Kenya using Sudan Grass (Sorghum sudanese)


  • Egerton Journal of Science & Technology Super Administrator Egerton University
  • Kimani I. M., Muthamia J. M. and Otaye D.O. Egerton University


Meloidogyne spp., Sudan grass, Sorghum sudanese


Chickpea is a source of food and nutrients to farmers. Chickpea growth and yield production is affected by root knot nematodes. Loss of yields from chickpeas are estimated billions of money annually. Sudan grass (Sorghum sudanese) was used to study the control of root knot disease in chickpea. The study was done in a glasshouse. Completely random design was used. Treatments had eight replicates and uninoculated control was treated with distilled water. The aim of the study was to control root knot nematodes using Sudan grass. There was significant reduction of root galling, gall index and number of juveniles in the soil at P=0.05 in Sudan grass treatment. Inoculated control recorded highest gall ratings, gall index and number of juveniles. There was a relationship between gall index and root weights. Roots with highest and lowest gall index were associated with high and low root fresh and dry weights respectively. The results of this study confirm the nematicidal effect of poultry manure and Sudan grass.

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Egerton Journal of Science & Technology Super Administrator, Egerton University

Egerton Journal of Science and Technology (Egerton J. Sci. & Technol. ISSN 2073-8277) publishes four types of papers as given below. Authors are expected to follow the provided guidelines as they prepare their manuscripts.

Kimani I. M., Muthamia J. M. and Otaye D.O., Egerton University

Department of Biological Sciences, Egerton University, Njoro, Kenya

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Super Administrator, E. J. of S. & T., & Kimani I. M., Muthamia J. M. and Otaye D.O. (2019). Control of Chickpea Root knot Nematodes (Meloidogyne spp.) in Nakuru County, Kenya using Sudan Grass (Sorghum sudanese). Egerton Journal of Science and Technology, 16(1-139). Retrieved from



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