Nasser Yao

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Scientist - Plant Molecular Breeder

Nasser Yao is a Scientist, Plant Molecular Breeder in the BecA-ILRI Hub.

Prior to joining ILRI, Nasser was the Principal Rice breeder at the Ivorian National Centre for Agricultural Research (CNRA).

Previously, Yao worked for the Africa Rice Centre (AfricaRice) as a Research Fellow, Research Associate and Consultant for the Nested Associated Mapping and the Rice Challenge Initiatives projects. During this period, his work focused on rain-fed lowland and upland rice in aspects related to drought tolerance, anther culture, yield and yield potential, resistance to pest and disease, molecular and agromorphological characterization of germplasm, populations’ development and quality seed production.

Yao holds a PhD degree in Genetics and Molecular Plant Breeding from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He majored in Genetics and Genetics & Plant Breeding respectively during BSc and MSc at the University Félix Houphouet-Boigny of Abidjan-Cocody, Côte d’Ivoire.

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