Navigation Links
Plant breeding academy opens to boost Africa's food supply with improved indigenous crops
Date:12/3/2013

on population including high mortality and morbidity rates and blindness among children, agricultural labour reduction and poor quality of life."

Mars, Incorporated previously led a similar uncommon collaboration that sequenced, assembled and annotated the cacao (cocoa) genome and made these data publically available on the Internet to all researchers in 2010. Howard-Yana Shapiro, Chief Agricultural Officer of Mars, Incorporated, who made the case for the AOCC at the opening of the Plant Breeding Academy, said, "In 2010, I learned for the first time that malnutrition and chronic hunger cause a devastating condition called stunting in children. It was shocking to try and grasp the scale of this tragedy, with more than 35% of the children in Africa affected. Today, we are opening an Academy that will place fundamental science that can help in fighting chronic hunger and malnutrition in the hands of many more practitioners. This is huge leap forward for the diversity and sustainability of African agriculture and the start of a very different future for rural and urban food consumption patterns."

The first orphan crop to be sequenced, assembled and annotated at the Academy will be baobab, which can be used as a dried fruit powder for consumer products. Baobab is called 'the wonder tree' in Africa because its gluten-free fruit has ten times the antioxidant level of oranges, twice the amount of calcium than spinach, three times the vitamin C of oranges, four times more potassium than banana, antiviral properties and much more. By sharing knowledge of the genome sequences of baobab and other African crops, scientists and technicians working at the Academy will inform plant breeders and farmers of species varieties that are more nutritious, productive and robust.

"Life Technologies is proud to be part of this global humanitarian effort to help improve the health of future generations in Africa," said Gregory T. Lucier, Chairman and CEO of Life
'/>"/>

Contact: Ryan Bowling
908-914-1702
ryan.bowling@effem.com
Mars, Incorporated

Paul Stapleton
254-717-718-387
p.stapleton@cgiar.org
World Agroforestry Centre (Nairobi)

Bicheng Yang, Ph.D.
86-755-82639701
yangbicheng@genomics.cn
BGI
Source:Eurekalert


Page: 1 2 3 4 5

Related biology news :

1. The future of plant science - a technology perspective
2. The future of plant science a technology perspective
3. Bone marrow transplant arrests symptoms in model of Rett syndrome
4. American Society of Plant Biologists honors early career women scientists
5. Not just for the birds: Man-made noise has ripple effects on plants, too
6. Plant DNA speaks English, identifies new species
7. Human noise has ripple effects on plants
8. New databases harvest a rich bounty of information on crop plant metabolism
9. Plant research reveals new role for gene silencing protein
10. Plants mimic scent of pollinating beetles
11. Stomata development in plants unraveled -- a valuable discovery for environmental research
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/10/2014)...  Valencell, a leader in performance biometric data sensor ... from its licensees for highly accurate, clinically validated biometric ... coming from fitness and health sectors, but first responders/military ... is only as useful as the biometric data it ... in long-term mass consumer adoption of wearable products," said ...
(Date:12/10/2014)... CIE San Diego has launched an innovative ... tissue that enhances care coordination among social service and ... information; earned a second $1 million grant from the ... aging in community and; will be recognized as a ... 4-6p. CIE San Diego today announced ...
(Date:12/10/2014)... December 9, 2014   ... Platform   Jifflenow, ... scheduling solutions for business-to-business (B2B) events, today announced ... in mobile near-field communication (NFC), Bluetooth low energy ... (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140612/691055) , Jifflenow will integrate ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Wearable Technology Products Demand Highly Accurate Biometric Technology 2Community Information Exchange San Diego Launches Pilot, Secures $1 Million Expansion Grant, and Becomes a "Live Well San Diego" Partner 2Community Information Exchange San Diego Launches Pilot, Secures $1 Million Expansion Grant, and Becomes a "Live Well San Diego" Partner 3Community Information Exchange San Diego Launches Pilot, Secures $1 Million Expansion Grant, and Becomes a "Live Well San Diego" Partner 4Jifflenow And ITN International Bring Cutting-Edge Badge Scanning Technology To B2B Events 2Jifflenow And ITN International Bring Cutting-Edge Badge Scanning Technology To B2B Events 3
... mouth, and still the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of ... the school's oncology department has been producing an anti-cancer ... is still an experimental treatment, dog owners from all ... study, on the remote chance that this would help ...
... key component of disposable cups, plates and utensils ... environmental impact of this ubiquitous, but difficult-to-recycle waste ... in the April 1 issue of the American ... . , The microbes, a special strain of ...
... Melbourne scientists have grown a human prostate from embryonic ... edition of Nature Methods describes how human embryonic stem ... that found in a young man, in just 12 ... of Medical Research (MIMR) scientists PhD student Prue Cowin ...
Cached Biology News:Canine cancer vaccine program shows early promise 2Microbes convert 'Styrofoam? into biodegradable plastic 2Human prostate grown from embryonic stem cells 2
(Date:12/17/2014)... CA (PRWEB) December 17, 2014 Audacity, ... activation agency and member of the Huntsworth Health Group, ... to its executive team. In her role, Gonzales will ... , “We are incredibly honored to welcome a talent ... Chief and CEO, Gaëtan Fraikin. “She is a proven ...
(Date:12/17/2014)... , Dec. 17, 2014  United Therapeutics Corporation (NASDAQ: ... promotions as well as changes to Martine Rothblatt ... Promotions United Therapeutics announced the promotion ... Co-Chief Executive Officer and David Zaccardelli , Pharm.D. ... connection with these promotions, Dr. Rothblatt,s title will change ...
(Date:12/17/2014)... Calif. , Dec. 17, 2014 ... a Phase 2 study evaluating the investigational oral ... of patients with severe, chronic itch who are ... of care, including topical steroids and antihistamines. ... change in Visual Analog Scale (VAS) itch score ...
(Date:12/15/2014)... METTLER TOLEDO is pleased to ... ParticleView V19 with PVM technology , is now ... and measurement tool continuously captures high-resolution images under ... then automatically prepares a report pairing the most ... concentration changes. This compelling blend of high resolution ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Audacity Welcomes Healthcare Communications Expert Jamie Gonzales as Senior Vice President of Client Services 2United Therapeutics Corporation Announces Executive Promotions and CEO Compensation Change 2United Therapeutics Corporation Announces Executive Promotions and CEO Compensation Change 3United Therapeutics Corporation Announces Executive Promotions and CEO Compensation Change 4Velocity Pharmaceutical Development, LLC and Tigercat Pharma, Inc. Announce Phase 2 Results for VPD-737 in Patients With Chronic Pruritus 2Velocity Pharmaceutical Development, LLC and Tigercat Pharma, Inc. Announce Phase 2 Results for VPD-737 in Patients With Chronic Pruritus 3Velocity Pharmaceutical Development, LLC and Tigercat Pharma, Inc. Announce Phase 2 Results for VPD-737 in Patients With Chronic Pruritus 4New Real-Time In Situ Probe-Based Video Microscope from METTLER TOLEDO 2
... , , , ... (OTC Bulletin Board: IAGX), an innovator of scientifically tested, natural-based, ... of Research & Development, was interviewed by Pimm Fox on ... the bioceutical business of Imagenetix outlining the science behind its ...
... to also Raise $7.5 Million in Non-Dilutive Financing from, ... 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Vasogen Inc. (NASDAQ: VSGN ; TSX:VAS) ... a definitive agreement, subject to shareholder and regulatory approvals, whereby ... and merger to continue as a publicly-traded entity to be ...
... , , SAN DIEGO, ... Ip, Chair Professor of the Department of Biochemistry and Director ... Science and Technology (HKUST), has joined their scientific advisory board. ... and recipient of China,s highest honor in the natural sciences, ...
Cached Biology Technology:Imagenetix, Inc. Announces Interview With Bloomberg Radio 2Vasogen and IntelliPharmaCeutics to Combine to Create Publicly-traded Specialty Pharmaceutical Company 2Vasogen and IntelliPharmaCeutics to Combine to Create Publicly-traded Specialty Pharmaceutical Company 3Vasogen and IntelliPharmaCeutics to Combine to Create Publicly-traded Specialty Pharmaceutical Company 4Vasogen and IntelliPharmaCeutics to Combine to Create Publicly-traded Specialty Pharmaceutical Company 5Vasogen and IntelliPharmaCeutics to Combine to Create Publicly-traded Specialty Pharmaceutical Company 6Vasogen and IntelliPharmaCeutics to Combine to Create Publicly-traded Specialty Pharmaceutical Company 7Vasogen and IntelliPharmaCeutics to Combine to Create Publicly-traded Specialty Pharmaceutical Company 8Vasogen and IntelliPharmaCeutics to Combine to Create Publicly-traded Specialty Pharmaceutical Company 9Professor Nancy Ip Joins aTyr Pharma's Scientific Advisory Board 2
... Protein Purification Protocols covers a wide ... for novice and experienced researchers in all ... This excerpt from the books preface illustrates ... to your research library., The chapters introduce ...
... Cellular uptake of long double stranded RNA ... interference in a diverse group of organisms ... RNA interference leads to the inhibition of ... of the target messenger RNA (mRNA). Attempts ...
... TrackerCumulates a score of movement counts, similar ... it.can track up to 6 subjects at once, ... triggered. Test a whole experimental group at ... the activity. Upgradeable for a variety of ...
... examining a novel object in the environment.The Spatial ... built around a video camera, frame grabber, and ... fields at once and up to 6 moving ... records them, but also allows video replay of ...
Biology Products: