Lukas Mueller: Ace of Bases

Jan 29, 2015 Veronique Durroux

By Patricia Waldron Yam farmers in Africa may soon benefit from a large collection of genetic information contributed by local breeders and researchers but compiled half a world away. Associate Professor Lukas Mueller will soon add Yambase to the list of genomic databases he leads. Yams play an important role, both culturally and nutritionally, in […]

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Addressing postharvest losses in cassava value chains

Jan 15, 2015 Veronique Durroux

Postharvest losses are an important challenge in developing countries, and the RTB Research Program has included the issue in its research agenda for improving food security and income-generating activities. Diego Naziri, a scientist seconded by the Natural Resources Institute (NRI) to the International Potato Center (CIP), works on the RTB team dedicated to promoting postharvest technologies, […]

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RTB University Partnerships

RTB develops partnerships with US universities for gender research

Jan 7, 2015 Veronique Durroux

Lisa Anderberg from Clark University will be the first graduate student to conduct gender analysis directly with a biological scientist working in the RTB Research Program as part of a new partnership between RTB and various US universities. Anderberg will join an RTB project in Laos led by CIAT researcher Kris Wyckhuys, while working under […]

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ILAC pilot project on BXW DR Congo

ILAC pilots transdisciplinary research on Banana Xanthomonas Wilt in DR Congo

Nov 23, 2014 Veronique Durroux

The Institutional Learning and Change (ILAC) Initiative, in partnership with Bioversity International and with funds from the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), is working on a pilot transdisciplinary project in South Kivu, DR Congo aiming to control Banana Xanthomonas Wilt (BXW), a disease that is devastating banana […]

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Suzana Garcia

KU Leuven PhD thesis highlights 3 “Bs”: Bananas, Belgium, and Brazil

Nov 6, 2014 Veronique Durroux

Brazil’s Suzana Garcia recently defended her PhD thesis in Bioscience Engineering at KU Leuven University on the study of ABA-responsive mechanisms in banana plants. Rony Swennen, an RTB scientist, was the first promoter of her work, with other Belgian professor S. Carpentier, Dr. Bart Panis and Brazil’s Dr. M.T. Souza Junior. “We reported for the […]

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RTB in the Media

Project seeks to add value to roots, tubers and bananas

Jan 19, 2015 Veronique Durroux

Researchers are implementing a new project to explore increased use of roots, tubers and bananas (RTBs) and technologies to reduce their postharvest losses in Uganda. A workshop to highlight the research activities to be undertaken was organised last month (1-3 December) in Ntinda, Uganda. The European Union is funding the US$4 million, three-year project that […]

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Scientists embark on fighting deadly banana disease

Jan 14, 2015 Veronique Durroux

A group of scientists has embarked on a strategy to prevent the spread of a deadly banana fungal disease following an outbreak in Mozambique. Tropical race 4 (TR4), a strain of the fungus Fusarium oxysporum, and responsible for a deadly banana wilt disease, was detected last year on a 1,500-hectare farm in Mozambique that grows […]

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CGIAR: A maps application, developed with scientific crowdsourcing, identifies priority areas for crops.

Sep 9, 2014 Veronique Durroux

Many people in the developing world struggle with hunger, food insecurity, poverty and threats to their livelihoods. In response, the Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research, an organization that coordinates agricultural research internationally, set up the Roots, Tubers and Bananas for Food Security and Income program, which identifies endangered areas and highlights opportunities for improving […]

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