DowDuPont, UC Davis team up to advance orphan African crops
Dow AgroSciences teamed up with the University of California-Davis (and the African Orphan Crops Consortium. The organization is working to advance plant breeding and agronomic training in Africa for improving crops and nutrition. The progress made by the AOCC is being highlighted at a workshop during the International Plant & Animal Genome XXVI Conference taking place in San Diego, Jan. 13-17, 2018. As part of contributing to the work of the AOCC, Dow AgroSciences' researchers stepped forward to sequence the genomes of three orphan crops, generating an estimated 350 gigabytes of new DNA sequence information from 116 lines which will now be publicly available for the first time. Knowledge generated using this sequence information will serve as the foundation to advance plant breeding in these crops by African breeders that will ultimately improve human nourishment and food security. As part of its commitment, Dow AgroSciences also sent plant breeders to Kenya to lead workshops as part of the UC Davis Plant Breeding Academysm with plant breeders from 25 African countries who are eager to enhance and apply their knowledge and skills.