Investigation of the Resistance of Black Saxaul (Haloxylon aphyllum) Forms to Gall-forming Insects

AFoCO-NIFoS Research Project


  • USD 32,684


  • AFoCO Funding

    USD 32,684 100.00%


Kazakhstan USD 32,864
    • 2020
    • 9%
    AFoCO Funding - USD 2,861
    • 2021
    • 57%
    AFoCO Funding - USD 18,692
    • 2022
    • 34%
    AFoCO Funding - USD 11,311

Goals & Objectives

The project aims to study the resistance of individual black saxaul plants within a species against the damages of insect gall-forming plants by determining factors that cause damage to individual plants in its subsequent breeding and propagation of saxaul cultivar resistant to gall-formed insects as well as studying the biochemical composition and molecular genetic analysis of plant tissues. The objectives of the project are to:

  1. Analyzing the pest foci and clarification of the species composition of gall-forming pests in the foci of saxaul, and the allocation within the population of individual plants of saxaul that were not damaged by pests in the lesion;
  2. 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
  3. Collecting planting materials from resistant plants within the species for the possibility of further study of the heritability of this property.

Main Activities

  • Objective 1
    • Analyzing and processing of collected secondary data
    • Conducting field survey and collection of plant samples in the research area
    • Analyzing the collected survey and sample data
  • Objective 2
    • Conducting a laboratory analysis of a saxaul sample
  • Objective 3
    • Analyzing field trial planting
    • Analyzing the field survey and collected plant samples in the field trial site
    • Engaging with experts on saxaul and gall-formed insects

Exepcted Outputs

  • Identification of resistant plants against gall-formed insects including their anatomical and morphological features.
  • Establishment of biochemical properties and genetic structures.
  • 2 seminars held with employees of regional forest institutions following the publication of an article in both foreign and domestic science journals as well as publications in the media.

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