Yuca colombiana, modelo de interés para Uganda

Jun 12, 2015 Gonzalo Mejia

Representantes del Instituto Internacional de Reconstrucción Rural (IIRR, por sus siglas en inglés) y los Laboratorios Nacionales de Investigación Agrícola Kawanda (NARL, por sus siglas en inglés), de Uganda, acompañados de funcionarios del Instituto Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (IITA), visitaron el campus del CIAT entre el 2 y el 9 de junio.

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RTB published 2014 Annual Report

Jun 10, 2015 Gonzalo Mejia

RTB presents its 2014 Annual Report – Envisioning Impact: Pathways to Action. The report documents important progress on an array of initiatives during the Research Program’s third year. These include efforts to identify the genetic mechanisms behind key root, tuber and banana traits, and to harness that information for next-generation breeding; collaborative research and training […]

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RTB Workshop: Building an economically sustainable and integrated cassava seed system in Nigeria

Jun 9, 2015 Gonzalo Mejia

27-28th April 2015- Ibadan, Nigeria. The RTB workshop on Building an economically sustainable and integrated cassava seed system in Nigeria was held at IITA Ibadan and was organized by the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Wild potatoes (A. Salas/CIP)

Scientists call for action to preserve potato wild relatives

Apr 29, 2015 Veronique Durroux

Crop wild relatives are wild plant species that share a common ancestor with cultivated crops. They retain a level of genetic diversity that makes them an invaluable source of raw material for crop improvement. However, their availability for research purposes depends on the coverage and state of the germplasm collections maintained by genebanks. Large numbers […]

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Anne Njoroge

Towards an early warning system for late blight in East Africa

Apr 27, 2015 Veronique Durroux

In 2012 young researcher Anne Njoroge started her work with the population structure of Phytophthora infestans in East African countries.  Phytophthora infestans is the highly destructive pathogen that causes late blight in potato, and Anne discovered that the formerly identified US-1 strain or “lineage” of the pathogen had been completely displaced by a new strain […]

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RTB in the Media

The potential of cassava in the “new” economy of Nigeria

Jul 1, 2015 Myriam Vitovec

Facing declining oil prices, the Nigerian government has reached out to identify new sources of income and explore new markets. Investments in agriculture look promising. Many local industries depend heavily on cassava and Nigeria is the biggest cassava grower in the world. However, cassava yields are comparatively low. The Economist, in a recent special article […]

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Uganda selected as focus for project on root crops, bananas

Feb 4, 2015 Veronique Durroux

Uganda is hosting a $4m (Shs11.4b) project that will expand the utilisation of roots, tubers and bananas and reduce their post harvest losses. The three-year European Union (EU) funded project is implemented by the CGIAR Research Programme on Roots, Tubers and Bananas. It focus on cassava, bananas, sweet potatoes and Irish potatoes. Publishing date: 2015-02-04 […]

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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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