Research AreasAgrobiodiversity, Forestry & Agroforestry, Policy & Institutions, Seed Systems
CountriesBurkina Faso, Zambia
TimelineStart Date: 1 January 2011 | End Date: 31 December 2011
The purpose of this grant is to foster scientific excellence and build capacity in agriculture and related fields by carrying out the following projects:
Project 1. Improving clonal propagation of Detarium microcarpum Guill & Perr from root cuttings (Burkina Faso)
Aim of the project:
The present project aims at improving the technique of root cuttings for Detarium microcarpum by enhancing sprouting efficiency and new root formation of root segments from mature and juvenile plants.
The specific objectives are:
1. To examine the effect of season on the sprouting ability of root segments from mature trees,
2. To determine the effects of fertilizers on root development of seedlings and their sprouting ability, and
3. To determine the effects of plant growth regulators; cytokinin on sprouting and new root formation from root segments from juvenile plants and auxin on the rooting ability of new sprouts in four experiments.
Project 2. Impacts of organic and conservation farming practices on soil fauna and weed dynamics in Chongwe District, Zambia
Goal: To contribute to the understanding of soil macrofauna and weed dynamics in organic and conservation farming systems in Zambia
Objective are as follows:
1 : Evaluate the effect of organic and conservation farming practices on the soil macrofauna
2: Determine the effect of green fertilizer cover crops on weed infestation