Nakhlatec logo: a palm produced by tissue culture yielding high quality fruits in the field

International Development Advisors

Building training and research standards for innovation and sustainable outcomes

Welcome to the NAKHLATEC website run by Professor Sinclair H. Mantell

and his associates. Sinclair is a Fellow of  the Chartered Institute of

Horticulture of the UK and was formerly Head of the Unit for Advanced Propagation

Systems, Agriculture, Horticulture and Environment Department of the

University of London (Wye College). With research colleagues and students he

pioneered applications of plant tissue and cell culture to tropical vegetatively

propagated crops. After 45 years in this field he is now a rural development and biotechnology consultant to international agencies and commercial micropropagation companies. Most recent initiatives are ongoing with colleagues based in the UK, Sweden, Kenya, Malaysia and Morocco.


NAKHLATEC was established in 2003 to provide advisory and training services in:

·  Raising practical standards of horticulture and related applied plant science research

·  Biotechnology and uses of plant tissue and cell culture for field and protected crops

·  Resilience strategies to address global environmental changes and degradation of                                   biodiversity

·  Scientific capacity building and technology enhancement to improve research outputs

The targets of building training and research standards for “making things happen” are now:

1. Increasing effective stakeholder participation in research projects so as to foster and support sustained interactions between stakeholders and early to mid-career scientists who are members of cross-disciplinary research teams investigating relevant issues related to the sustainable use and management of important water and biological resources. This activity is spearheaded by a new science communication training platform STRIDES (the Scientific Training and Research Initiative for Development, Education and Sustainability). To achieve the fully operational programme of STRIDES, NAKHLATEC is collaborating with the George Boole Foundation in the UK which has already over 30 years’ experience in advancing Decision Analysis, Micro and Macro Economic Performance and on-line Virtual Dossier Systems such as Accumulog. These project design elements are important components of improving research management standards in the rural and urban development contexts.

2. Extending the use and effectiveness of hydroponic techniques applied to producing food in cities and homes of the future, for which the term  URBANOPONICS is given to encompass both plant growing and fish culture (i.e. hydroponics + aquaculture).

NAKHLATEC technical know-how assists private enterprises, governmental research and in-service training departments, universities and international development agencies. Agriculture, horticulture and forestry sectors have benefitted from its specialist knowledge directed towards multidisciplinary activities of rural development, biotechnology and higher education covering:

·  Climate change resilience management;

·  Rural development project formulation and implementation;

·  Natural Resource Management;

·  Food security: value chains and up-scale/down-scale production issues;

·  Biodiversity conservation and management.

A visual description of datepalm micro-propagation, in which NAKHLATEC has built up extensive experience, is presented on the website. Also there are listings of earlier scientific publications and scientific conference proceedings under Publications and Presentations, respectively. Updated material on Urbanoponics in the temperate home garden and kitchen is available here and information on the larger scale aspects of this topic for use in cities of the future to be expanded during 2017 can be found here.




If you are interested in making use of Nakhlatec services, please contact us at:







Donors and other potential stakeholders interested in the STRIDES Concept and

its range of Project Design  and Management Workshops, please refer to the STRIDES website (currently being revamped).

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24 August 2017