Improving drought resistance and water use efficiency of tea in Sri Lanka

  • Hetherington, Alistair M (Principal Investigator)
  • Mohotti, Janaki (Co-Investigator)
  • Mohotti, Keerthi (Principal Investigator)
  • Chater, Caspar (Co-Investigator)

Project Details

Description

The proposed activities are split into two parts. The fist is to set up formal agreements to pursue joint research objectives concerning improvement of tea in Sri Lanka with the University of Peradeniya (UoP) and the Sri Lankan Tea Research Institute (TRI). This will include formal MoUs with both organisations (see letters of support) and broadening the collaboration to include more UoB colleagues. The second aspect of the work is a collaborative research project to screen tea cultivars at the TRI for increased water use efficiency. The samples will be analysed in the UK. The overall result will be the identification of tea cultivars that use water more efficiently, which will be used in TRI breeding programmes and ultimately released to small and medium tea farmers / growers in Sri Lanka. The project is closely aligned to the strategic objectives of the TRI. Reciprocal visits between UK and Sri Lanka are included in the collaboration. The purpose of these visits will be to develop a road-map for future collaborations between Uob, RBG Kew, UoP and the TRI.

Layman's description

The proposed activities are split into two parts. The fist is to set up formal agreements to pursue joint research objectives concerning improvement of tea in Sri Lanka with the University of Peradeniya (UoP) and the Sri Lankan Tea Research Institute (TRI). This will include formal MoUs with both organisations (see letters of support) and broadening the collaboration to include more UoB colleagues. The second aspect of the work is a collaborative research project to screen tea cultivars at the TRI for increased water use efficiency. The samples will be analysed in the UK. The overall result will be the identification of tea cultivars that use water more efficiently, which will be used in TRI breeding programmes and ultimately released to small and medium tea farmers / growers in Sri Lanka. The project is closely aligned to the strategic objectives of the TRI. Reciprocal visits between UK and Sri Lanka are included in the collaboration. The purpose of these visits will be to develop a road-map for future collaborations between Uob, RBG Kew, UoP and the TRI.
StatusActive
Effective start/end date25/01/2131/07/21