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Revista Brasileira de Fruticultura

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OLIVEIRA, Camilo Augusto Pinto de  and  SOUZA, Caetano Marciano de. Effect of mulching on humidity, weeds and Cosmopolites sordidus on bananas (Musa spp.) orchard. Rev. Bras. Frutic. [online]. 2003, vol.25, n.2, pp.345-347. ISSN 0100-2945.

Brazil possesses the largest harvest area of banana in the world, however it just occupies the second placement in the world ranking of the largest producers. For this reason, handling techniques should be used purposing to increase the productivity. This work aimed to evaluate the effects of mulching on humidity, weeds and Cosmopolites sordidus in a banana orchard managed with mulching and without mulching. The analysis and interpretation of results showed that the mulching presented benefits related to the soil humidity maintenance and weeds control, and the incidence of the Cosmopolites sordidus did not show any difference compared with the maintained area without mulching.

Keywords : Banana; soil management; mulching; Cosmopolites sordidus; weed control.

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