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Agronomy, Volume 7, Issue 3 (September 2017) – 17 articles
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Cover Story (view full-size image) The ‘Push–Pull’ cropping system exploits plant volatile semiochemicals to repel insect pests from [...] Read more. The ‘Push–Pull’ cropping system exploits plant volatile semiochemicals to repel insect pests from the main crop (push) and attract them into trap crops (pull). The system involves intercropping cereal crops with insect repellent legumes in the Desmodium genus to deter stemborer pests from the main food crop and planting attractant trap plants, such as Napier grass, around the intercrop to attract and trap the pests. As a result, the food crops are protected from pest damage. Furthermore, Desmodium suppresses the parasitic striga weed, improves soil fertility and biodiversity. View Paper here.