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. Professor Mantell is Fellow of  the Chartered Institute of

Horticulture of the UK and former Head of the Unit for Advanced Propagation

Systems, Horticulture Section of the University of London (Wye College), which

pioneered applications of plant tissue and cell culture to tropical vegetatively

propagated crops. Although reaching retirement age in 2014 after 45 years in the

plant science field,  acting as rural development and biotechnology consultant to international agencies and commercial micropropagation companies for the last 15, Sinclair is not one to rest on his laurels and continues to pursue actively the development of  recent initiatives which he started with colleagues based in England, Sweden, Kenya and Malaysia and continues consultancy assignments whenever relevant opportunities arise. 


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 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).

From a historical perspective, NAKHLATEC was established in 2003 to provide technical advisory and training services in:

·  Raising 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.

Its technical know-how assisted 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 built up extensive experience over more than 25 years, is still presented on a separate section of this website. Listings of earlier scientific publications and scientific conference proceedings can be found under Publications and Presentations, respectively.





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06 October 2015