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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

Project information

Grant agreement ID: ICA4-CT-2001-10093

  • Start date

    1 December 2001

  • End date

    30 November 2006

Funded under:

FP5-INCO 2

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 308 825

  • EU contribution

    € 900 000

Coordinated by:

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom

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.

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

DEPARTMENT OF RESEARCH AND SPECIALIST SERVICES

Zimbabwe

KENYA FORESTRY RESEARCH INSTITUTE

Kenya

THE SCOTTISH AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE

United Kingdom

Project information

Grant agreement ID: ICA4-CT-2001-10093

  • Start date

    1 December 2001

  • End date

    30 November 2006

Funded under:

FP5-INCO 2

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 308 825

  • EU contribution

    € 900 000

Coordinated by:

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom