Project

Induction of resistance to root-knot nematodes in tobacco and tomato varieties through the use of indigenous endophyte species

Duration
01 October 2015 → 30 September 2019
Funding
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Fellow
  • Athanas Guzha
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Microbiology
    • Plant biology
  • Agricultural and food sciences
    • Agricultural plant production
    • Horticultural production
Keywords
endophyte root-knot nematodes resistance
 
Project description

A survey will be conducted in the major tomato and tobacco producing regions of Zimbabwe. Healthy looking plants will be selected with leaf and root tissues collected for isolation and characterisation of endophytes. Strains with the least pathogenecity to the plants will be picked and their capacity to protect the plant against root-knot nematodes will be assessed. Plant growth promoting properties will also be analysed.