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The eBioUSB used for the course

For the third year, the ILRI/BecA EMBNet node organized an introductory course in Bioinformatics at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) campus in Nairobi, Kenya. The objective was to introduce young scientists from east and central Africa to use bioinformatics/computational biology in their research and to present some of the biological resources available on the ILRI-BECA bioinformatics platform.


During 8–14 June 2008 in Nairobi, Kenya, CIMMYT, IITA, ICRISAT, and Biosciences Eastern and Central Africa (BecA) jointly conducted the workshop “Molecular Breeding Capacity Building” for 22 maize and sorghum breeders working throughout sub-Saharan Africa. It was supported by the Generation Challenge Program and the Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa Project. The workshop’s objectives were to discuss the overall opportunities for and constraints on applying marker-assisted selection (MAS), including aspects of genomics, genetics and biometrics, and to strengthen the maize and sorghum molecular breeding communities of practice in Africa.

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