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Mutation breeding increases drought resilience in wheat

Boluwatife OlaOlorun, who came to the University of KwaZulu-Natal from Nigeria in July 2017, has focused on inducing genetic variation in wheat, using mutation breeding to harness the traits of drought tolerance and carbon sequestration.

Large group flies ACCI flag at SAPBS symposium

The ACCI had a strong presence at the 13th Southern African Plant Breeding Symposium this month at the University of Pretoria’s Future Africa Campus.More than 20 plant breeding academics and students from the ACCI attended the event.

Dr Fekadu Gurmu

Graduate releases two sweet potato varieties

The ultimate goal of any plant breeder is to have their improved variety released to farmers AND embraced by them. Farmers’ approval is crucial, because if they don’t like a variety they simply won’t plant it, meaning that breeding work done beforehand was a waste of time and money.
ACCI graduate Dr Fekadu Gurmu had the satisfaction of seeing two of his sweet potato varieties released in Ethiopia recently that had been chosen by 5000 farmers as their top two choices out of 12 varieties evaluated by them.

High hopes for South African cassava project

The African Centre for Crop Improvement is poised to become a key player in a move to kick-start large-scale cassava production in South Africa.

PhD student advances work on breeding climate-smart wheat

The clamour for action around climate change has never been louder, but few would imagine that this action includes getting up early to emasculate plants.

AGRA funds two-year study of ACCI impact

Millions of dollars have been spent on training the ACCI’s 120 PhD graduates since 2006. Has it been worth it?


The “Climate Crisis” – Adjusting to a New Future

Prof Mark Laing (director of the ACCI) is a Plant Pathologist, Plant Breeder and inventor. In this lecture on the Climate Crisis topic, he paints a picture of the new world that is most likely to develop in the next 30 to 120 years, and will have an impact on all of us, and future generations.

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