Making strides with groundnut CLSD resistance
Groundnut is a hugely important crop in Africa because of its high edible oil and protein content, with our continent producing 28% of the global crop.
One of the ACCI’s recent graduates, Dr Eluid Kongola, has produced research related to breeding for resistance to Cercospora leaf spot diseases (CLSD) that could help boost that figure.
Kongola studied for his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Sokoine University in Tanzania before joining the ACCI PhD programme in 2014. He chose to focus his research on CLSD affecting groundnut in Tanzania, after noticing that in Dodoma, the area where he is based, an increase in the disease over time was having a marked impact on production.
His PhD was funded by Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and supervised by Professor Rob Melis and Dr Julia Sibiya.