NISIR in Kitwe is using this micro propagation technique in various crops such as cassava, bananas, pineapple, sweet potatoes, eucalyptus, Artemisia, potatoes, and sugarcane. Activities in this research category include development of protocols for regeneration of whole plants from plant cells or tissue cultures, rapid multiplication of plants and conservation of germ-plasm of different crops.
This is a plant breeding project. Mutation breeding technique is being exploited for the development of new varieties of cassava. Field trials are being conducted in Mansa and at the center in Kitwe.
The project is being implemented in conjunction with Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines Investments Holdings, Konkola Copper Mines and Mopani Copper Mines. The goal is to utilize Jatropha for the revegetation of mine wastelands or damp sites and/or for biofuel production.
The project is being implemented in conjunction with ZAFFICO limited. The goal is to develop a protocol for micro propagation of eucalyptus that will be used for rapid multiplication of desired eucalyptus trees for establishment of plantations by ZAFFICO.
Consultancy services to stakeholders especially farmers in plant protection that include disease and insect pest diagnosis of different crops.
Consultancy with respect to agronomic issues in various crops including natural products.