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Investigation of the resistance of black saxaul (Haloxylon aphyllum) forms to gall-forming insects (AFoCO-NIFoS Research Project)

Countries: Kazakhstan
Duration:  2020 - 2022 (AFoCO/020/2020)
Budget:      32,684 USD

Goal & Objectives

The project aims to study the resistance of specified black saxaul plants among the species damaged by gall-forming insects. With the advent of modern equipment and new teaching methods, it became possible to study plant resistance to damage by pests at a high level. These studies will help to reveal the concept of the specificity of saxaul resistance. The main objectives are outlined as follows:

  • Analyze pest foci and clarify the species composition of gall-forming pests in the foci of saxaul, and the allocation within the population of individual saxaul plants not damaged by pests in the lesion;
  • Carry out laboratory tests for biochemical composition in plants and their genetic structure, as well as the study of anatomical and morphological features of plants not damaged by pests; and
  • Collect plant materials from resistant plants within the species for further study of the heritability of this characteristic.

Expected Outputs

The project has three expected outputs:

  • Analysis of the pest foci and clarification of the species composition of gall-forming pests in the foci of saxaul, the allocation within the population of individual plants of saxaul not damaged by pests in the lesion;
  • Carrying out laboratory tests for biochemical composition in plants and their genetic structure, as well as the study of anatomical and morphological features of plants not damaged by pests; and
  • Collection of planting materials from resistant plants within the species for the possibility of further study of the heritability of this property.

 

First Kazakhstan project with A.N. Bukeikhan Kazakh Research Institute of Forestry and Agroforestry

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