Banana 21, a project led by the Queensland University of Technology and the Ugandan National Agricultural Research Organization, seeks to develop nutrient-enhanced bananas for Africa. This regionally important food crop is being improved to contain higher levels of beta-carotene as well as improved mineral content.
BioCassava Plus, led by the Danforth Center with the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization and the Nigerian National Root Crops Research Institute, aims to develop nutrient-enhanced cassava, an important food crop throughout Africa and other parts of the developing world. Improved beta-carotene levels, as well as higher mineral and protein content are goals for this project.
Weevil-resistant sweet potato
The International Potato Center is working to prevent sweet potato weevil infestation of sweet potatoes in Africa. BRN is assisting with product development and regulatory testing needs of this project.
A systems-level analysis of drought and density response in the model C4 grass Setaria viridis
The Danforth Center heads a consortium of research institutions in developing Setaria viridis as a model system for studying genes controlling traits to improve grasses for biofuels uses. BRN is supporting the project by establishing parameters for the safe field testing of transgenic S. viridis, and assuring regulatory compliance during confined field tests of these plants.
Pod-borer Resistant Cowpea Project
The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), in collaboration with the Institute of Agricultural Research (IAR) in Nigeria, the Savannah Agricultural Research Institute (SARI) in Ghana, and L'Institut de l'Environnement et de Recherches Agricoles (INERA) in Burkina Faso is developing cowpea resistant to attack by the pod borer, Maruca-vitrata. BRN is working with these institutes to obtain regulatory approval for this product, which will improve the availability of this important food crop for people in West Africa.