Light transmission and pasture composition under smallholder coconut plantations in malaita, solomon islands

Litscher T. and Whiteman P.C. (1982) Light transmission and pasture composition under smallholder coconut plantations in malaita, solomon islands. Experimental Agriculture, 18 4: 383-391. doi:10.1017/S0014479700000806


Author Litscher T.
Whiteman P.C.
Title Light transmission and pasture composition under smallholder coconut plantations in malaita, solomon islands
Journal name Experimental Agriculture   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1469-4441
Publication date 1982-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S0014479700000806
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 18
Issue 4
Start page 383
End page 391
Total pages 9
Subject 1102 Cardiovascular Medicine and Haematology
Abstract Fourteen smallholder coconut plantations, subdivided into 27 uniform sub-units, were surveyed in an area around Dala, in Western Malaita, Solomon Islands. Most units (17 out of 27) had densities of 160–200 palms ha−1 with a median light transmission of 50–55%. Palm growth was poor due to low soil K, and copra yields averaged only 540 kg ha−1 year−1 Batiki (Ischaemum aristatum) was the most important sown grass, and its productivity was significantly related to stocking rate and weed control, but not directly with light transmission. Farmers should thin dense palm stands, adjust stocking rates in relation to actual areas of pasture available, and institute careful and adequate weed control.
Q-Index Code C1
Institutional Status Unknown

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