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Title: Drivers of Mistletoe (Tapinanthus bangwensis) density in Cocoa (Theobroma cacao) Agroforests in Ghana.
Authors: Ansong, Michael
Osei, Richard
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: International Journal of Pest Management
Citation: International Journal of Pest Management, pp.1-8.
Abstract: Mistletoes are parasitic flowering plants that attack plants like cocoa and kill branches distal to point of attachment. Consequently, cocoa farmers incorporate trees to provide shade to limit germination and establishment of Tapinanthus bangwensis mistletoe species, but without success. This study was conducted in South-Western Ghana to identify causal factors of mistletoe infestation using random forest (RF) regression. Spatial arrangement of cocoa trees was the most important factor explaining mistletoe density, which was significantly higher in farms planted at random than in rows. The results imply that planting cocoa trees in rows could mitigate mistletoe infestation of Ghana’s cocoa agroforests.
Description: Article published in the International Journal of Pest Management. https://doi.org/10.1080/09670874.2020.1847356
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/13262
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