Farmers’ perception was collected and experiments were done, through a series of research work between 2000 to 2003 in north-eastern Uganda. This research work included: (i) Field survey on farmers’ knowledge on sweet potato production and perception of millipede infestation; (ii) Field assessment of pests in sweet potato and other major crops conducted in the planting seasons of 2000 – 2002; (iii) Feeding activity of the East African millipede Omopyge sudanica Kraus, based on no-choice laboratory experiments, and (iv) Comparison of the indigenous cultural practices of piecemeal harvesting and storage roots ‘in-ground on plants’ with one-time harvesting after crop senescence in trials conducted in the planting seasons of 2002 – 2003. There was inadequate information about millipedes in general and possible control strategies in East Africa. Therefore a literature study was also done to gain more knowledge about this animal. All research work has been compiled into a PhD Thesis by Wageningen University in The Netherlands. Five chapters have been published in a peer reviewed journal article and documented.
Authors: Ernst Ebregt, Ernst Ebregt
Subjects: Sweetpotato pests and diseases
Publisher: Wageningen University
Publication Date: October 16, 2007
HOW TO CITE
Ebregt, E. 2007. Are millipedes a pest in low-input crop production in north-eastern Uganda? Farmers' perception and experimentation.PhD thesis. Wageningen University, The Netherlands. 168pp. IBSN: 978-90-8504-733-9.