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CROP DISEASE AND PEST MANAGEMENT

  • Demonstrated that improved plants with resistance to Cassava Brown Streak Disease are effective in normal agricultural practice in both Kenya and Uganda.
  • Developed cassava lines in a second farmer preferred variety and planted superior candidates in a field trial in Kenya.
  • Initiated a collaboration with funding from the International Potato Center (CIP) in Lima, Peru to develop insect resistant sweet potato for Kenya.
  • Obtained funding to launch two projects with partners in Nigeria to develop cassava with improved agronomic traits.
  • Established research collaboration with Purdue University for control of parasitic plants in sorghum.

IMPROVEMENT OF NUTRITIONAL QUALITY

  • Advanced application of technology to enhance plant biomass accumulation for animal feed.
  • Advanced a project for enhanced nutrient utilization in corn.
  • Produced cassava plants with nearly three times the iron than typical cassava in the greenhouse.
  • Developed analytical tools to evaluate bananas with improved levels of Vitamin A and iron.
  • Began testing 100+ candidate cassava lines with enhanced Vitamin A content in Puerto Rico.

FIELD TRIAL AND BIOSAFETY SUPPORT

  • Conducted 10 field trials with international partners on three major crops, an important step in improving nutritional quality and yield of food security crops in the developing world.
    • Facilitated field trials in Nigeria and Ghana for insect resistant cowpea.
    • Received approval from Kenya government to conduct field trials of virus resistant sweet potato.
    • Initiated a field trial in Puerto Rico to further test cassava with increased iron content.
  • Provided biosafety support and training in Indonesia, Bangladesh, Vietnam, and the Caribbean.
  • Conducted training for mosquito control trials to reduce malaria in Kenya, Burkina Faso And Mali.