Agroforestry Systems

, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 47–62 | Cite as

Leaf dry matter productivity of three selected perennial leguminous species in humid tropical Ivory Coast

  • Arnoud Budelman


Leaf dry matter productivity has been measured at the end of regrowth cycles of 3 months for stands ofleucaena leucocephala, Gliricidia sepium andFlemingia macrophylla, all three species belonging to the Leguminosae. The effective period of observation was minimally 24 months, or 8 regrowth cycles, after a period of establishment of slightly more than a year. Using systematic trial designs, originally developed by NELDER, yield figures have been acquired for a broad range of plant densities. At a plant density of 10,000 trees per hectare the average yearly leaf DM productivity amounted to 15.4 ton forLeucaena leucocephala, 12.4 ton forFlemingia macrophylla and 10.5 ton forGliricidia sepium.

Productivity figures and leaf area indices are compared with those of relevant cropping systems.


Leaf Area Trial Design Leaf Area Index Area Index Plant Density 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arnoud Budelman
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre Néerlandais, Ivory Coast. Department of Tropical Crop ScienceAgricultural UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands

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