Including women’s preferences to enhance cassava breeding programs – conversing with Bill Gates

Oct 15, 2014 Veronique Durroux

Graduate student Paula Iragaba uncovered a major disconnect in the course of her research: While plant breeders in her native Uganda focus on developing cassava varieties with high yield or starch content or disease resistance, the people primarily responsible for processing and cooking the plant – women – have their own priorities. For those end […]

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Fera visit: throwing light on LAMP

Oct 8, 2014 Veronique Durroux

 By Graham Thiele, RTB Director  The Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) is the primary provider of plant health advice to the government of the United Kingdom, yet it has a surprisingly international feel. Fera plays a key role in supporting the global identification service of CABI, and works with a myriad of projects and […]

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Bioinformatics alliance with Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research to boost yields in roots, tubers and bananas

Oct 7, 2014 Veronique Durroux

Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research (BTI) is partnering with CGIAR  and its associate centers to create a shared database and bioinformatics platform to help breeders develop improved root, tuber and banana crops. This platform will enable RTB breeders to access and use massive amounts of genotypic and phenotypic data to develop new varieties with precisely targeted traits […]

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Partnerships and prompt response, key to prevent the spread of banana Fusarium wilt (‘Panama disease’)

Sep 12, 2014 Veronique Durroux

In the first part of the 20th century, Fusarium Wilt Race 1 (popularly known as ‘Panama disease’) wiped out the popular Gros Michel banana variety. Currently the Tropical Race 4 (TR4) is threatening the Cavendish variety, the most important exported banana, which had proven to be resistant to Race 1. Prof. Altus Viljoen, from the […]

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CGIAR, RTB recognized by Computerworld for innovative use of big data analytics

Sep 9, 2014 Veronique Durroux

RTBMaps – an online mapping resource from the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) – was selected as a ComputerWorld 2014 Editors’ Choice Winner. The award will be given today at a special event in Phoenix, Arizona. “The Data+ Editors’ Choice Awards honorees are not only innovative in their use of big […]

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RTB in the Media

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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Manioc : un réseau de surveillance des maladies en Afrique

Sep 3, 2014 Veronique Durroux

Vingt-huit organisations internationales viennent de s’associer pour mieux lutter contre les maladies du manioc en Afrique. Le réseau PACSUN (Pan-African Cassava Surveillance Network) ainsi formé ambitionne de prévenir une éventuelle catastrophe alimentaire puisque, sur le continent, le manioc est de plus en plus central dans la subsistance des populations. Publisher: Publishing date: 2014-08-14 Read […]

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Nigeria, Others to Save $4.63bn Annually by Adopting Cassava Feed

Feb 26, 2014 Veronique Durroux

The use of cassava-based feeds for farm animals in Nigeria and other countries in Africa will bring several benefits, including a reduction of maize imports mostly used as feeds for livestock, according to the Country Representative for the Ibadan based International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Dr Iheanacho Okike. Publisher: Publishing date: 2014-02-25 Read article

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