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African Centre for Crop Improvement

“Training African Breeders on African Crops, in Africa”

ACCI PhD Student with UKZN VC Albert van Jaarsveld
UKZN & AGRA with PhD Graduates
AGRA with MSc Graduates

2021 UKZN Spring Graduation

The University of KwaZulu-Natal hosted their Spring Virtual Graduation Ceremony for the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science (CAES) on the 24th of November 2021.

Graduation Ceremony

ACCI Graduates

Dr Kidane Tumsa Hurisa

PhD Thesis Title: Breeding of Common Bacterial Blight Resistance in Common Bean ( Phaseolus vulgaris L.) in Ethiopia

The common bacterial blight disease causes significant yield loss varying from 20 to 100% in susceptible common bean varieties in Ethiopia. The candidate developed common bacterial blight resistant lines and identified associated novel genes for further analysis and cultivar release. From this study two scientific papers were published in high impact journals. The study was financially supported by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture through Tropical Legume-III project.

Dr Seltene Abady Tesfamariam

PhD Thesis Title: Breeding Groundnut for Drought Tolerance

Groundnut farmers in Ethiopia use low yielding late maturing varieties which are vulnerable to drought stress. The candidate created new breeding populations with high yield, early maturity and drought tolerance. Three scientific papers were published from the study. The study was financially supported by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries for International Development, International Foundation for Science and the Research Program on Grain Legume and Dry Land Cereals.

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