KNOW YOUR ECOSYSTEM: EXPOSURE OF BSC STUDENTS TO BASIC RANGE ECOLOGY
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Date and time: 
Tue, 2017-05-09 16:09
Location / Venue: 

Karura, Delmonte, Kabiti, Mwea and Embu

Students collecting plant samples

Students undertaking Agro-ecology I and Range Ecology I  on 8th, May, 2011 were exposed to a successful academic trip covering a range of agro- ecological zones in central and Eastern Kenya. These are 1st year Students in Range Management and BSc in Management of Agro-ecosystems and environment. They were under guidance of their lectures. Lessons from the trip were land uses types, land use systems, associated vegetation cover, soil types, soil erosion types and magnitude, water harvesting technologies, water management and utilization, renewable energy production, distribution of biotic elements, changes in climate and their observable effects, distinctive agro-ecological ecosystem. They also identify and record the human activities that have impact on both natural and agro ecosystems.

Among the areas visited was Kenya Forest Service (KFS) - Karura forest  where some plant species biodiversity were identified. Major vegetation distribution in Kiambu, Ruiru, Mwea irrigation schemes and Kaburu dam in Embu were learnt with sub-sequent quick herbarium of all species described.

Among the vegetation covered were and collected:

Plants and shrubs: Acacia tortilis, Acacia nilotica, Senna singueana, , Markhamia lutea, Podocarpus, falcatus, Croton megalocarpus, Croton macrostachtyus Juniperous procera, Lantana camara, asipilia mosambiscensis, Sesbania sesban, Olea Africana, Prunus africana, Grevellia robusta, Eucalyptus saligna, Eucalyptus camadulensis, Eucalyptus citronella, Casuarina equestifolia and calodenron capensis.

Grasses: Themeda triadra, Eragrostis tunifolia, Cynodon dactylon, Bothriochloa inscupta, Brachiaria brizantha, Sporoborus pyramidalis, Sporobolus fimbriatus, Rhynchelitrum repens, Cyperus rotudus, Heteropogon contortus, Sorghum verticiliflorum and Eragrostis superba.

Different land uses in various stop overs were rice production, coffee plantations, mango plantations, pineapple plantations and other agro forestry systems.

Expiry Date: 
Sun, 2020-05-31 16:09
Contact Person: 

Chairman,LARMAT; larmat@uonbi.ac.ke