On 3 November 2016, 10 scientists from the Cassava Diagnostic Project (CDP) published their work in the prestigious journal Nature: Scientific Reports – making widely available the results of research by a team of 5 women and 5 men from Australia, Tanzania, Uganda and the USA. Their paper focuses on why Cassava Brown Streak Virus […]
Every year in January, genetic scientists from over 50 countries gather in San Diego for the Plant and Animal Genome conference. This huge gathering offers the AgShare.Today team the perfect opportunity to meet researchers from our partner projects. Attending the meeting also allows us to discuss current work and update partners on the latest tools […]
On 23 July 2016, the West African Virus Epidemiology Project (WAVE) launched the state-of-the-art WAVE Centre at the Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The Centre will now be used to support the team’s crucial work on diseases affecting cassava, a staple food source for hundreds of millions of people. The WAVE team began […]
In our latest video, Dr Joseph Ndunguru, Mikocheni Agricultural Research Institute in Tanzania, talks to AgShare.Today about the importance of linking upstream science to smallholder farmers. Principal Investigator of the Cassava Diagnostics Project (CDP), Dr Ndunguru illustrates the creation of such linkages using recent project successes in improving crop productivity to ultimately support food security. […]
A new journal article has been published that reports the discovery of two novel DNA sequences designated as SEGS-1 and SEGS-2 (sequences enhancing geminivirus symptoms) which enhance symptoms and break resistance to CMD. The SEGS are characterized by GC-rich regions and the absence of long open reading frames. Both SEGS enhanced CMD symptoms in cassava (Manihot […]
In 2015, a USD 15.75 million Programme was launched to combat the spread of African cassava whitefly (Bemisia tabaci) in Africa, because the fly is a key carrier (vector) of the viruses that cause Cassava Mosaic Disease (CMD) and Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD) .