Cornell University Takes Lead in $25M Cassava Genome-based Breeding ProjectDecember 5, 2012
Cornell University has been awarded by the Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation and the Department for International Development of the United Kingdom with US$25.2 million to host a five-year research project to improve the productivity of cassava. Cornell will work with national research institutions in Uganda and Nigeria, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research, and the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California.
Ronnie Coffman, Cornell professor of plant breeding and genetics, director of International Programs and the grant's principal investigator said that "Partners on the Next Generation Cassava Breeding project will use genomic selection, to improve cassava productivity for the 21st century."
The project partners will use the latest genomic information from cassava sequencing to improve productivity and yield, and incorporate cassava germplasm diversity from South America into African breeding programs. They will also train the next generation of cassava plant breeders and improve infrastructure at African institutions.
The partners will share data and information through the website http://www.cassavabase.org/. The news release is available at http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/Nov12/Cassava.html.
Biotech Updates is a weekly newsletter of ISAAA, a not-for-profit organization. It is distributed for free to over 22,000 subscribers worldwide to inform them about the key developments in biosciences, especially in biotechnology. Your support will help us in our mission to feed the world with knowledge. You can help by donating as little as $10.
See more articles:
News from Around the World
- USDA Scientists and Cooperators Sequence Wheat Genome
- New Global Collaboration to Develop High Yielding Wheat Varieties
- Scientific Assessments Dismiss Séralini's Claims about Health Effects of GM Crops
- Stakeholders Question Kenya Ban On Importation and Trade of GMOs
- AfDB Provides $63M Fund to Lift Africans Out of Poverty
- University Team to Use Synthetic Biology to Re-engineer Plants for Biofuels
- Cornell University Takes Lead in $25M Cassava Genome-based Breeding Project
- Scientists Reveal Breakthrough to Optimize Sugar Capture for Biofuel
- New Alfalfa Varieties for 2013 in Western United States
- Drought Resistant Corn Has 16.8% Yield Advantage
- Switchgrass Genetic Engineering Strategy for Biofuel at UT
- K-State Researchers: Prioritize Areas on the Plant Genome in Studying Crops
- Latest Genomics Technologies to Advance Life Science: Highlights of Int'l Conference on Genomics
- Major Donors Pledge Grant to Boost Myanmar's Rice Production
- Philippine Agriculture Department, IRRI Partner to Ensure Rice Self Sufficiency
- Shoot Tip Transformation Technology for Maize
- Malaysia Looks at Multilateral Collaborations
- Carbon Dioxide Reduces Crops' Yield, Study Reveals
- Researcher Updates on Plant Microbial Fuel Cell
- Netherlands Seeks to Release GM Potato Variety
- Scientists Develop Biotech Alfalfa to Resist Weevil Attack
- Effect of Wounding on Production of Monoclonal Antibody in GM Tobacco
Beyond Crop Biotech
- Spatial Pattern Holds Genome's Secrets
- GMO Industry: Market Research Reports, Statistics and Analysis
Read the latest:
- Biotech Updates (May 31, 2023)
- Gene Editing Supplement (May 31, 2023)
- Gene Drive Supplement (February 22, 2023)
Subscribe to BU: