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Prevention of land degradation in the aral sea region undergoing disastrous desertification by increasing tolerance of symbiotic nitrogen fixation (snf) to salinity

Objective

Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan form a cost of the Aral Sea, which is one of the Earth's greatest human-produced ecological disasters occurred in Central Asia. Intensive-over-usage of water in arid areas was followed by dramatic desertification, loss of plant cover, soil erosion and salinity. Combining new methodologies and recent advances in symbiotic nitrogen fixation (SNF), the project will focused on the selection of several rhizobia-legume (Medicago, Meliotus and Galega) symbioses tolerant tosalinity and beneficial for sustainable agriculture in saline soils. By planting legumes, which form deep root system, it will be Possible to cease the soil erosion, to enrich soils by fixed atmospheric nitrogen, to develop legume pastures and through that increase crop productivity and finally to demonstrate to Central Asian people advantages of bio-strategy to maintain sustainable agricultural development in those marginal lands

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF FLORENCE
Address
Via Romana 17/19
50125 Firenze
Italy

Participants (8)

AACHEN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Germany
Address
1,Worringer Weg 1
52074 Aachen
CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
Address
1,Profesor Albareda 1
18008 Granada
Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA)
France
Address
147 Rue De L'université
75341 Paris
N.I. VAVILOV RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF PLANT GENETIC RESOURCES
Russia
Address
B. Morskaya Street, 42
190000 Sint Petersburg
PRI ARALSKAYA RESEARCH STATION OF PLANT GENETIC RESOURCES
Kazakhstan
Address
Tashkentskay Street 27
464760 Aktjubinsk-shalkar
RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR AGRICULTURAL MICROBIOLOGY
Russia
Address
Podbelsky Shosse 3
189620 Pushkin
TASHKENT STATE UNIVERSITY
Uzbekistan
Address
Vuz-gorodok
700095 Tashkent
UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI
Finland
Address
9,Viikinkaari 9, Biocenter 1A
00014 Helsinki