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Oct - 29 - 2013 Add Comments

The BIO5 Institute at the University of Arizona has announced the 2014 “Tucson Plant Breeding Institute” to be held January 6-10, 2014. The course encompasses 4 modules: 1) Introduction to Plant Quantitative Genetics, 2) Introduction to Plant Genomics, 3) Advanced Statistical Plant Breeding, and 4) Bioinformatics for Breeders. One of the instructors, J.B. Walsh, also teaches at the upcoming African Plant Breeding Academy that focuses on “orphan” crops, and alerted us to the fact that much of the January course material  will be on the use of new statistical, genomic, and bioinformatic tools that will be of interest to researchers working on orphan crops.

Oct - 23 - 2013 Add Comments

Three new training courses on neglected and underutilised species have just been announced by Bioversity International and partner organisations to take place in November and December this year in Uganda and Benin. The courses seek to strengthen research capabilities of African researchers and specifically address: 1) scientific writing and communication, 2) value chain research, and 3) food systems. The call invites holders of at least a Master’s degree and not older than 40 years from Benin, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal (Benin course) and Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Kenya, Uganda (Uganda courses) to apply not later than 28 October.

Sep - 3 - 2013 Add Comments
3rd Bambara Groundnut Workshop

3rd Bambara Groundnut Workshop

The Crop Research Institute of Ghana (CSIR) and Crops for the Future Research Centre (CFFRC) will be organising the “3rd International Bambara Groundnut Workshop”, to take place on 24 September 2013 in Ellking Hotel, Accra, Ghana. The workshop will be held in conjunction with the 3rd International Conference on Neglected and Underutilized Species (NUS 2013) and is an open meeting for anyone who wishes to attend, particularly NUS 2013 delegates.

Bambara groundnut (Vigna subterranea L.) is an indigenous African legume which fills the same ecological niche as the introduced South American groundnut (Arachis hypogaea L.) but it is believed to have greater drought tolerance and pest resistance. The workshop is an opportunity for the wider community working on Bambara groundnut (and underutilised legumes more generally) to discuss collaborative links which will help to broaden the international scope of the research effort and dissemination of findings concerning this legume.

Interested participants are advised to register directly with the organisers of the workshop, Ms. Razlin Azman at email hidden; JavaScript is required. Please visit the official website of the 2012 Crops for the Future Research Symposium for further details and a report on the previously held 2nd International Workshop on Bambara Groundnut.

Aug - 2 - 2013 5 Comments
Food Security Center (FSC)

Food Security Center (FSC)

The Food Security Center (FSC) at the University of Hohenheim, Germany, invites applications for the PhD Program “Global Food Security”.

FSC will award up to 20 PhD and post-doctoral scholarships to candidates from developing countries. Conducted in English, the PhD programme seeks to support development-oriented agricultural sciences as they relate to food security. It will start in September 2013 and will last for 37 months, until September 2016.

Applicants are advised to write directly to FSC at email hidden; JavaScript is required before the application deadline of 15 August 2013. Please visit the official website of FSC’s Scholarships & PhD programme for more information.

Aug - 1 - 2013 2 Comments
International Symposium on Indigenous Vegetables

International Symposium on Indigenous Vegetables

The World Vegetable Center (AVRDC) and the International Society for Horticulture Science (ISHS) will be organising the “International Symposium on Indigenous Vegetables”, to take place 18-20 August 2014 in Brisbane, Australia. The symposium will be held in conjunction with the 29th International Horticultural Congress (IHC2014).

The conference aims to increase agricultural systems diversification – focusing on indigenous vegetables – in order to improve human nutrition through better balanced diets and to achieve more resilient, profitable, and sustainable small-holder production and marketing systems. The target region of interest of this symposium will be confined to the Pacific Island communities and other locations in Africa and Asia, where poor current dietary choices have led to critically high human health costs to society.

International Symposium on Indigenous Vegetables” is now calling for abstracts to be submitted by 01 November 2013 on the following topics:

  1. Germplasm and seed systems;
  2. Sustainable production for more resilient systems;
  3. Postharvest and commercialisation; and
  4. Nutrition and consumption

Applicants are advised to write directly to the conveners of the symposium, Dr. Dyno Keatinge or Dr. Jaw-Fen Wang, at email hidden; JavaScript is required. Please visit the official website of “International Symposium on Indigenous Vegetables” for more information.