Biotech Updates

CLC bio, Donald Danfort Plant Science Center Partner for Cassava for Africa Project

June 8, 2012

CLC bio and the International Laboratory for Tropical Agriculture (ILTAB) at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center will collaborate to benefit the Virus Resistant Cassava for Africa project (VIRCA). The partnership will also include researchers from Uganda's National Crops Resources Research Institute, and the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute.

VIRCA's efforts to develop and deliver farmer-preferred cassava varieties will involve the use of RNAi technology to resist serious plant virus diseases that greatly reduce yields and increase the threat of poverty and famine.

Dr. Claude M. Fauquet, ILTAB's director, said that "We're using CLC bio's software to analyze and map siRNAs providing information required for accelerating development and identification of the elite cassava lines for testing under field conditions in East Africa." He added that, "using science and technology to improve agricultural production can make a difference for millions of people."

Read the news release at A video featuring Dr. Fauquet elaborating on ILTAB's VIRCA project can be viewed at