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Symbionts in agro-forestry systems: what are the long-term impacts of inoculation on the growth of calliandra calothyrsus and its intercrops

Objective

Effective rhizobial and mycorrhizal symbionts provide a low-input method to improve tree nutrition and soil fertility, without the use of fertilizers. Successful inoculation of trees with symbionts requires effective and competitive strains, which promote growth and which persist in the field. Until recently it has not been possible to evaluate field persistence. This proposal capitalises on new developments in molecular biology in a combined programme in which rhizobial and mycorrhizal inoculants for the important fodder tree Calliandra calothyrsus will be evaluated for their effectiveness in promoting tree growth, for their persistence and capacity to influence tree growth in the long term and for their ability to be shared with intercrops. Appropriate uptake pathways will be developed.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL
Address
Hill Of Brathens
AB31 4BW Banchory(kincardinshire)
United Kingdom

Participants (4)

CENTRE DE COOPERATION INTERNATIONALE EN RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE POUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT - CIRAD
France
Address
Campus International De Baillarguet
34032 Montpellier
DEPARTMENT OF RESEARCH AND SPECIALIST SERVICES
Zimbabwe
Address

Marondera
KENYA FORESTRY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Kenya
Address

2 Nairobi
THE SCOTTISH AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE
United Kingdom
Address
West Mains Road
EH9 3JG Edinburgh