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Table 3 Mean chemical composition, yield of Bracheriea ecotypes

From: Evaluation of morphological characteristics, yield and nutritive value of Brachiaria grass ecotypes in northwestern Ethiopia

Factor Parameters
DM (%) DMY (t/ha) Ash (%) CP (%) CPY (t/ha) NDF (%) ADF (%) ADL (%)
Cultivars
 Eth. 13726 36.71b 4.05b 10.87 11.23 0.38b 69.56 50.77a 15.30a
 Eth. 13809 37.75a 5.91a 12.34 11.35 0.66a 65.47 43.47b 11.13b
 Eth. 1377 35.71c 5.09ab 11.27 10.94 0.52ab 67.72 46.81b 13.31ab
 Overall mean 36.72 5.02 11.49 11.17 0.52 67.59 47.02 13.24
 Overall SE 0.319 0.47 0.53 0.74 0.05 1.32 1.26 0.64
 CV (%) 0.60 16.63 13.73 11.27 26.77 7.03 5.97 13.14
 Sig *** ** NS NS ** NS ** **
Altitudes
 Low 37.77a 5.93a 12.22a 12.59a 0.71a 68.17 47.14 12.83
 Mid 36.61b 5.10ab 10.09b 11.35a 0.50b 66.08 46.35 13.83
 High 35.79c 4.02b 12.17ab 9.56b 0.35b 68.51 47.56 13.08
 Sig *** ** * ** ** NS NS NS
Harvesting dates
 60 35.49c 2.43c 12.20 15.00a 0.37b 61.60b 40.65c 10.30c
 90 36.64b 5.29b 10.82 10.46b 0.58a 67.08b 47.52b 13.40b
 120 38.05a 7.33a 11.47 8.05c 0.60a 74.08a 52.88a 16.04a
 Sig *** *** NS *** * ** *** ***
P value
 cul*al ** NS ** ** * NS NS NS
 cul*hd ** NS NS NS NS NS NS NS
 al*hd NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS
 Interaction *** *** * *** * NS ** *
  1. DM dry matter, DMY dry matter yield, CP crude protein, CPY crude protein yield, NDF neutral detergent fiber, ADF acid detergent fiber, ADL acid detergent lignin
  2. Mean values followed by a different lowercase superscript letter in the same column are statistically significant at P < 0.05