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Author(s): Lockett CT, CC Calvert, LE Grivetti
Published in: International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition.   Jun 20, 2000
51 1 195-208

Northeastern Nigeria is home to the Fulani people. Two of the settled villages in which they live are Amtasa and Dongo. Authors of this article aimed to evaluate the nutritional value of the edible plants in the region.

The main author of this paper was escorted through both villages by two assistant/translators. He spoke with small groups of elderly villagers who were knowledgable of the edible plants within a five mile radius of each village, during his visit. Once a comprehensive list of such plants was created, households in each village were surveyed as to their usage of each plant. Within Amtasa two hundred and fifty households were surveyed, while in Dongo there were merely one hundred households which participated.

The plants which were used in the survey were then taken to the laboratory to be studied further. After such investigations into the nutritional values of each, researchers found that several plants provided a large amount of nutrition to those who ate it. The Moringa oleifera, for example, was found to contain protein, fat, calcium, copper, iron and zinc.

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Frequently Used Ethno-Medicinal Plants of Bihar Imprint

Author(s): Kumar K, AK Goel
Published in: Journal of Economic and Taxanomic Botany.   Jan 1, 1999
23 2 645-649

Several tribes reside within the area of Bihar, India today. Such groups depend on the medicinal expertise of their tribes' medicinemen. This study was done through consultation with a variety of medicinemen in this area as to the plants they use as remedies.

Ten plant species, including the Moringa oleifera, were highlighted for their usage on more than thirty ailments in this region. Ailments ranged from fever and skin disease to tuberculosis. The paper also includes a chart the researchers developed to showcase the data they found.

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Propagation techniques of Moringa oleifera Lam.. Enriched title: Propagation techniques of Moringa oleifera Lam. [fodder trees, India]

Author(s): Sharma, G.K., V. Raina
Published in: Improvement of forest biomass : symposium proceedings / edit.   Nov 18, 1980
20-21 p. 175-181

The object of this study was to see how Moringa might best propagate itself so that it can be grown on a large scale. Moringa was tested in two forms, from cuttings and seeds. Hard wood cuttings from 1- and 2-year old branches were air-layered and treated with different levels of Indole-butyric acid in July and August, November and December, and February and March.

For seeds, the best time to sow was 1 month after harvesting. The longer the seeds were in storage, the less they were able to germinate. They grew best sowed at 10 mm. depth. The air-layered cuttings only sprouted during the February/March period. 50 parts per million IBA treatment for 24 hours was found to be the best dose for rooting branches. The two-year old branches grew more roots than the one-year olds. Moringa does not propogate well by air-layering.

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