- Written on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 19:21
A paper published by Ugandan scientist working at the BecA-ILRI Hub is the “most read” research article on an Oxford University Press journal for life sciences, the AoB PLANTS.
Laban Turyagyenda’s article “Physiological and molecular characterization of drought responses and identification of candidate tolerance genes in cassava” was based on his research that aimed to identify genetic markers that could be used in breeding the crop for drought tolerance.
Cassava is the staple food for more than 700 million people in over 100 countries and is not only the world’s fourth-most important source of calories, but it is also the second-most important source of starch for industry. The crop grows adequately under drought condition and its enhanced productivity could greatly increase the level of food security in such environments.
The supervision of Turyagyaenda's PhD research was undertaken by Dr Jagger Harvey Senior Scientist, BecA-ILRI Hub and Dr Morag Ferguson, Molecular Geneticist, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). Dr Ferguson is a member of the extended BecA-ILRI Hub Faculty whose expertise enables the Hub to support a broader and deeper range of research and capacity strengthening programs.
Read/download the article here: Physiological and molecular characterization of drought responses and identification of candidate tolerance genes in cassava
Read Laban Turyagyenda’s personal account of his experience at the BecA-ILRI Hub: World class research in the heart of Africa.
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