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Date:12/3/2013

Technologies, which developed the advanced sequencers that will be used in the program. "We are committed to this important work and know that the Ion Proton sequencers we have provided will make a tangible difference in this life-changing endeavor designed to leverage the knowledge gained from genomics."

With this collaboration, BGI will make its sequencing and bioinformatics expertise available for scientists and researchers in Africa. "BGI is dedicated to using genomics technology for the benefit of human beings," said Prof. Jian Wang, President of BGI. "Having contributed to the sequencing of many critical crops including rice, maize, soybean, potato, pigeonpea and foxtail millet, we are confident that the combination of capabilities, experience and resources within AOCC will yield great scientific breakthroughs in African crops research and bring advancement to develop improved crop varieties, thus to contribute to the wellbeing of local society."

"We are truly honored to be part of this groundbreaking initiative as it fits within our remit of research, capacity building and technologies applications in support of African National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS) to drive biosciences innovations aimed at improving the livelihood in small holder farming communities and other vulnerable communities," said Appolinaire Djikeng, Director of the BecA-ILRI Hub in Nairobi, Kenya.

AOCC was officially launched at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) annual meeting in 2011 as an effort to improve the nutrition, productivity and climatic adaptability of some of Africa's most important food crops. In June 2013, during the G8 International Conference on Open Data for Agriculture held in partnership with World Bank Group in Washington D.C., AOCC announced it would be making its data publically available to scientists, plant breeders and farmers. At the 2013 CGI meeting, Howard-Yana Shapiro, who gave an opening speech, confirmed that AOCC had r
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Contact: Ryan Bowling
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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
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