Re: Support for BD/sustainable research (fwd)
From: "Geraldo Defune" <email@example.com>
Organization: Wye College, University of London
Date: Fri, 25 Apr 1997 22:06:00 GMT
Subject: Support for BD/sustainable research
I'd like to ask you for information on possible financial support from any
funding source, for as I'm beginning to write up my PhD thesis, my sponsor
is reluctant to mantain the grant till the end of this academic year.
The title of the thesis is: "Allelopathic effects of Biodynamic and
Organic treatments on yield and quality of wheat and potatoes".
I was awarded a 4 year grant from Sept. 93, with right to a 6 month
writing up extension, that is risked to be cut down next June.
I'm looking for alternative support between June and November,
I'm presently doing my very last sample analyses (Silica, Phosphorus
and True Protein contents) to support the good results I had comparing
cropping systems in blind treatments with and without the BD
preparations in both Wheat & Potatoes.
Rotations with green manures were used for allelopathic effects and weed
suppression - also with good results. Specific beneficial and detrimental
influences were identified: Rye has a bad effect on Wheat and vice-versa,
but a good effect on Potatoes; Vetch is good for both.
The final breakthrough is the positive effects of different Silica Sprays
(in diff. dilutions & interactions with crop species and climatic conditions)
and the confirmation of Si as an essential nutrient for plants!
Using TWO experimental crops in 4 rotations and 8 field trials increased
very much the work load and time spent, but proved to be an essential
part of obtaining significant differences in a holistic approach.
I'm already enduring financial hardship because I didn't receive my March
maintenance yet. So, I've sent my family (with 3 children) back to Brazil
as a precaution.
Details on my research and personal history are available on request.
Geraldo DEFFUNE - G.Deffune@wye.ac.uk
Wye College - University of London
Sustainable Agriculture Research Group
Wye, Ashford, Kent TN25 5AH, England, U.K.
Tel.:(44-1233)813658, Fax: (44-1233)812855
PhD Student sponsored by CNPq - The Brazilian Research Council