Nigel Taylor, Ph.D.

For small holder farmers and their families in sub-Saharan Africa, food security is affected by drought, crop diseases, poor soils and access
to modern technology.  We need to secure people’s access to food
in a sustainable way so they can develop economically.

Research Summary

Nigel’s research focuses on plant tissue culture and the genetic transformation technologies required to deliver genetically improved cassava to farmers in East and West Africa.

The Taylor lab leads the Virus Resistant Cassava for Africa (VIRCA) project and is focused on developing virus resistant cassava in collaboration with researchers in Uganda and Kenya.

Learn more about the Virca Project.


Nigel Taylor, Ph.D.
Associate Member and Dorothy J. King Distinguished Investigator

Danforth Center
975 N. Warson Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63132
(314) 587-1257