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By Gordon Kerr

A comprehensive creation to the sprawling heritage of this huge, immense continent, from the sunrise of human time in prehistoric Africa all the way through to Arab Spring

Beginning with the origins of the human race and the improvement of stone age expertise, this heritage of the cradle of civilization strikes via old and medieval occasions, the importance of the Arab presence, the Muslim states, and the trans-Saharan trade. It maintains with the increase and fall of kingdom states and kingdoms sooner than the coming of Europeans, Ghana, the Kingdoms of the wooded area and Savanna, Yoruba, Oyo, Benin, Asante, Luba, Lunda, Lozil, and so forth, directly to the start of the slave alternate, and the eu conquest and colonization of sub-Saharan Africa, the "Scramble for Africa." ultimately relocating onto the usually sour struggles for independence from that interval of colonization and exploitation, it concludes with an review of Africa within the twenty first century.

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The white ovisacs of the females on twigs and shoots are striking [Plate 12(a)]. Usually the attacked trees recover during the rainy season. Other soft scales (Coccidae) on young shoots or leaves are Megapulvinaria maxima (=Pulvinaria maxima) (India, Myanmar), Vinsonia stellifera (Caribbean), Parasaissetia nigra (Malaysia), Milviscutulus mangiferae (in leaf nests of Oecophylla smaragdina in Papua New Guinea), Ceroplastes floridemis (Haiti, Madagascar), C. ceriferus (India, Myanmar), Coccus hesperidum (Madagascar) and Chloropulvinaria psidii (Philippines).

It is not known who brought the first neem seeds to the Americas or where they were planted - perhaps by Indian immigrants to the islands of Trinidad and Tobago, or Guyana. At present the tree is spreading rapidly in the New World. In Haiti a successful planting program was started about 15 years ago to provide firewood, shade and protection against soil erosion to the ecologically devastated country (LEWIS and ELVIN-LEWIS, 1983) [Plate 1 (b)]. In the neighboring Dominican Republic the first neem trees were planted about 12 years ago but intensive planting started only some years ago.

Aleurothrixus floccosus (complex) and Aleuroplatus spp. (Aleyrodidae) These aleyrodids sometimes infest the lower surfaces of the leaves of neem. A. floccosus normally attacks citrus and guava. This species was recorded in the Canary Islands; Aleuroplatus spp. were observed in Madagascar (Toliara). 7 Hymenoptera, Ants Acromyrmex spp. , Leaf-cutting ants (Formicidae) These ants are major pests of tree crops, ornamentals and other plants in Latin America (parts of the Caribbean, Central America and tropical South America).

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