UC Davis African Plant Breeding Academy (PBA) Class III completes session 2 in Nairobi, Kenya
The UC Davis African PBA’s Class III completed this fall Session 2 of its 6-week program in Nairobi, Kenya. An initiative of the African Orphan Crop Consortium, the program is organized in collaboration with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the African Union New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency, and sponsored by Mars Incorporated and AGRA. The third class of the UC Davis African Plant Breeding Academy consists of 33 breeders, half of whom are women, representing 16 African nations. This session provided in-depth training on phenotyping, multiple trait selection, marker-assisted breeding applications, and advanced experimental designs. During this recent session, the class visited the CIMMYT MLN Screening Facility in Naivasha (photo at right) to see first-hand the procedures involved in evaluating germplasm for resistance to Maize Lethal Necrosis, a disease threat to East Africa that has been met with swift action by the CIMMYT Global Maize Team in the form of resistant maize hybrids. Dr. Suresh,L.M, and Dr. Manje Gowda have explained MLN phenotyping process and various research efforts conducted in MLN screening facility in Naivasha. During the course of the program, students will spend more than 300 hours in classes, workshops and the field, training to complete this premium professional certification program. Read more about the African
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