Murdoch University :    ECCAL: Eastern Cape Community Arable Land Project    SIMLESA: Sustainable Intensification of Mai...
Murdoch in ECCAL 2007-2011 eastern CapeRSA:• Use of ConservationAgriculture in communitygrasslands in South Africa by:   ...
Annual re-seeding and resilient legumes sown intograsslands to provide N and winter feed                                  ...
•   Perennial speciesAugust 1, 2007-Lushington                                    – Trifolium repens                      ...
Legumes still present in March 2010
March 2010
High grazing pressure
Persistence 2007-2011
Annual legumes were also tested in maize rotations-could have application in SIMLESA     Summer maize thriving after annua...
Murdoch in SIMLESA:• 2011:• Field trials in Ethiopia set-up in March 2011•   (Pieter Conradie, Lambert Brau)       Inocul...
Murdoch in SIMLESA:• Murdoch staff available to assist in:    Legume inoculant manufacture and quality control    Inocul...
Murdoch expertise• Rhizobiology• Resilient and re-seeding legumes• Nitrogen fixation in farming systems             CRS Af...
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ECCAL - SIMLESA Anabel Vivas Marfisi

  1. 1. Murdoch University :  ECCAL: Eastern Cape Community Arable Land Project  SIMLESA: Sustainable Intensification of Maize-Legume Cropping Systems for Food Security in Eastern and Southern Africa Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research Presented by Dr. Anabel Vivas-Marfisi Centre for Rhizobium Studies
  2. 2. Murdoch in ECCAL 2007-2011 eastern CapeRSA:• Use of ConservationAgriculture in communitygrasslands in South Africa by:  reducing tillage to improve pasture production on marginal lands  use of legumes in maize systems
  3. 3. Annual re-seeding and resilient legumes sown intograsslands to provide N and winter feed Direct drilling (CA) at Rockcliffe
  4. 4. • Perennial speciesAugust 1, 2007-Lushington – Trifolium repens – Medicago sativa – Lotus corniculatus – Lotononis bainesii – Lespedeza cuneata – Desmodium intortum• Annual species – Trifolium hirtum – Trifolium vesiculosum – Biserrula pelecinus – Medicago polymorpha – Ornithopus compressus
  5. 5. Legumes still present in March 2010
  6. 6. March 2010
  7. 7. High grazing pressure
  8. 8. Persistence 2007-2011
  9. 9. Annual legumes were also tested in maize rotations-could have application in SIMLESA Summer maize thriving after annual legume in winter 2010
  10. 10. Murdoch in SIMLESA:• 2011:• Field trials in Ethiopia set-up in March 2011• (Pieter Conradie, Lambert Brau)  Inoculation and BNF in Legume/Maize cropping systems (Bako and Hawassa sites)• Proposed Field trials in Malawi and Mozambique  To promote the uptake and development of Rhizobium technology-Legume inoculant manufacture
  11. 11. Murdoch in SIMLESA:• Murdoch staff available to assist in:  Legume inoculant manufacture and quality control  Inoculation experiments  Nitrogen fixation and transfer  Specialist training classes  PhD and MSc  Scientist exchange
  12. 12. Murdoch expertise• Rhizobiology• Resilient and re-seeding legumes• Nitrogen fixation in farming systems CRS African team:  Dr Anabel Vivas-Marfisi  Pieter Conradie  Prof John Howieson  Dr Ron Yates

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