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Production of high quality arbuscular mycorrhiza fungal (AMF) inoculants for target plants used in the agricultural, horticultural and environmental rehabilitation industries 

 

Amphigrow CC

Proposal number:

42305

Focal area:

Biotechnology

Total funding:

R6 516 135

Funding year 1:

R2 000 000

Funding year 2:

R2 213 786

Funding year 3:

R2 302 349

Scientific consensus recognizes that a critical component of soil management involves replenishment or enhancement of the natural soil biota to create sustainable plant growth. Such a critical component includes arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) which form mutualistic associations with the roots of most flowering plants, and confer a variety of benefits on the host in relation to nutrient supplementation and pathogen and drought resistance. AMF inoculum is produced commercially and used routinely in North America, Europe and Australasia, but its application in an African context is extremely limited and the use of imported products has proved largely unsuccessful or cost-ineffective for local plant/soil systems. This project aims to use indigenous AMF, isolated from local soils, in developing the technology for large-scale production of high quality AMF inoculum. These products will be evaluated for specific niche markets using different technologies appropriate to their value addition. An African culture collection of AMF germplasm will be established and multiagent products incorporating bacterial biocontrol agents will also be developed.

Project Coordinator:

Dr Joanna Dames
Phone: +27 (0)46 603 8595
Fax: +27 (0)46 622 5524
Email: j.dames@ru.ac.za 

 

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