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ECCAL - SIMLESA  Anabel Vivas Marfisi

ECCAL - SIMLESA Anabel Vivas Marfisi



Presentation made at the WCCA 2001 event in Brisbane, Australia.

Presentation made at the WCCA 2001 event in Brisbane, Australia.



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    ECCAL - SIMLESA  Anabel Vivas Marfisi ECCAL - SIMLESA Anabel Vivas Marfisi Presentation Transcript

    • 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
    • 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
    • Annual re-seeding and resilient legumes sown intograsslands to provide N and winter feed Direct drilling (CA) at Rockcliffe
    • • 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
    • 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 annual legume in winter 2010
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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