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17 Apr
2018

Support to the local partners for the field scale implementation related to cropping systems Tanzania Kenya

A team of NRD-UNISS carried out field visits at the research target areas in Tanzania (NgareNanyuki) and Kenya (Nakuru), from March 7th to 14th 2018. The main agenda was to provide support to the local partners for the field scale implementation of WP2 activities related to cropping systems including in particular: 1) the identification of the experimental fields classified on the basis of different range of soil fluoride levels; 2) the field visits; 3) the definition of the experimental design and sampling protocols; 4) the checking of the laboratory procedures uniformity for the three partners (UNISS, NM-AIST, UoE). The team involved in this activity was composed by Prof. Giovanna Seddaiu (WP2 Coordinator) and Margherita Rizzu (Flowered PhD student).

In Tanzania, the team was led to the preliminary identified experimental fields, revised the procedure for the soluble fluoride determination in order to facilitate the comparability of the results among the three partners. They also set up in the laboratory a seed germination experiment aimed to determine the germination percentage of the plant material to be cultivated in the field.

In the Nakuru region in Kenya, they examined and discussed the soil fluoride analysis results and identified the experimental fields, and visited the low, mid and high level  fluoride areas.

Main achievement reached by the mission:

1) development of the final experimental protocol for the field-scale trials including the definition of specific objectives, experimental layout and variables to be measured;

2) identification and visit of the experimental fields;

3) standardization of the laboratory procedures for the three partners (UNISS, NM-AIST, UoE).

Category: Field Activity

FLOWERED Project

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N°690378