CURRENT PROJECTS

A. Cassava Crop Improvement Through In Vitro Mutation Breeding

Three cassava local varieties (Bangweulu, Nalumino and Mweru) are being investigated. The first material that was irradiated with gamma rays is now in the fourth generation under-going field evaluations. The objectives are to improve the nutritional characteristics and agronomic traits of these local varieties. This project is an IAEA sponsored project. IAEA has funded the training of staff and provision of equipment. The Zambian Government has continued to provide the counter-part funding for the execution of project activities.


B. Micropropagation of Selected Eucalyptus Clones in Zambia

There has been an increase in the demand for plants with superior growth potential. Micropropagation has the potential to provide very high multiplication rates to meet the demand of selected tree genotypes, with resulting short-term sivilcultural gains.
The studies on micropropagation of Eucalyptus grandis and Eucalyptus cloeziana is a study that has been jointly funded by Zambia Forestry and Forest Industries Corporation Limited (ZAFFICO) and National Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research (NISIR). It is aimed at utilization of tissue culture technique to raise superior eucalyptus planting material for ZAFFICO for the establishment of seed orchards.

C. Utilization of Zambia’s Mine wastelands For Jatropha Production

The main solid mine wastes on the Copperbelt are the waste rocks, tailings and slag. Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines Investment Holdings (ZCCM – IH), Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) and Mopani Copper Mines (MCM) have tailing dumps and overburdened dumps dotted around the Copperbelt. The tailing dumps cover substantial tracts of potentially productive land.