We aim to improve efficiency in water use and create novel high yielding peri- urban sources of fuel and fodder. Low-cost irrigation systems that recycle wastewater, reduce health risks and downstream pollution will be set up by specialists and used to irrigate fast growing trees that are managed to maximise either leaf (fodder) or wood (fuel) production. Good growth and establishment will be ensured by inoculation with effective microsymbionts whose persistence will be assessed using molecular tools. Irrigation will be based on measurements of soil water and tree water use thus avoiding salinization/pollution. Training in water management, molecular biology and use of ecological instrumentation will be provided to DC partners. Results will include reusable wastewater, novel peri-urban sources of fuel and fodder, an economic analysis, species selection and plantation management prescriptions and trained DC researchers.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
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