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The Moisture Release Curve at various humidity levels in Moringa oleifera seed

Author(s): Schapansky S, C Moravec, Dr. E Laca
Published in: .   Oct 22, 2008

Moringa oleifera trees are known for their many nutritional and medicinal uses. Farmers and agriculturists have been searching for the most effective way in which to store Moringa seeds as well as to plant and grow the trees.

Researchers have studied this topic using two groups of sixty-six seeds each in an experiment concerning the level of water within the seeds. The first group of seeds was put in a container with a relative humidity of twenty-five percent for three days. The second group was put into de-ionized water for twelve hours at one hundred percent water potential. Each group was then weighed. This weight was then compared to the original weight of the seeds.

The effects of the environment and its level of humidity on the Moringa seeds is useful knowledge for Moringa farmers. This information can help them in the future to store the seeds at a particular humidity level, aiding in the services the plants provide.

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Author(s): Reyes Sanchez, Nadir, Eva Sporndly, Inger Ledin
Published in: Livestock Science.   Sep 9, 2005

From a long-term perspective, traditional systems of milk and beef production in Nicaragua are often economically marginal and unsustainable. In the six months of dry period, each year, grass yield is generally insufficient to satisfy the nutritional requirements of animals. The nutritional stress of this consequently decreases animal productivity. Supplementation with concentrates during the dry season is not generally profitable because it is expensive. Moringa grows in all types of soil from acidic to alkaline, and at altitudes from sea level to 1800 m.
This study, conducted in Nicaragua,¬ tests the effect of feeding¬ varying amounts of Moringa. Six cows were used and were fed as follows: hay only, hay with 2 kg dry mass of Moringa, and hay with 3 kg dry mass of Moringa.¬ Hay and Moringa were offered in separate troughs to individual cows. The cows that ate the most Moringa had higher total intake, higher milk production, and higher dietary digestibility.¬ Milk¬ production increased although quality¬ of the milk remained unchanged.

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Author(s): LJ Fuglie
Published in: ECHOs Technical Network Site.   Jun 8, 2000

Moringa oleifera leaves have many practical uses. Agriculturally the leaves can be used as or in combination with livestock feed, a manure or plant growth hormone spray for other plants or even as part of a water treatment plan. This article outlines an efficient "how to" guide for each use of the leaves through the suggestions of Nikolaus and Gabriele Foidl in Nicaragua in their work with the Moringa.

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