University welcomes first Africa College visiting researcher
The University of Leeds will welcome its first Africa College visiting researcher in the new academic year. Rebecca Nakacwa from NARO National Agricultural Research Organization, Uganda will be joining the plant nematode group at Leeds to develop nematode faunal analysis using a genus specific bar coding approach. Primers to recognize nematodes in Ugandan soils will be developed and used to 'barcode' the soil and so provide valuable information on 'soil health' so as to determine to what extent the soil community is under stress. Applications of this approach include evaluating the consequences of intensive production and assessing the effects of different cropping systems. The project is an extension of systems that the team has been developing for use with UK arable agriculture with BBSRC funding.
15th July 2009