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CSIR-CRI SCIENTIST WINS SCIENTIFIC EXCELLENCE AND INNOVATION AWARD
Dr. Ernest Baafi, a Research Scientist of CSIR-Crops Research Institute (CSIR-CRI), Ghana is the winner of the maiden Scientific Excellence and Innovation Award, 2017.
His paper, “Exploitation of Genetic Potential of Sweetpotato for End-user Traits Improvement” was adjudged the best scientific sweetpotato paper for 2016. The announcement was made at the just ended 8th Annual Technical Meeting of the Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative (SPHI) in Tanzania.
CSIR-CROPS RESEARCH INSTITUTE HOLDS A THREE DAY TRAINING WORKSHOP ON AFLATOXIN
CSIR-Crops Research Institute in collaboration with the United State Agency for International Development (USAID) has organized a 3-day training workshop on “Breeding for Aflatoxin Resistance with Marker Assisted Selection”.
The workshop which took place from October11-October13, 2017, commenced with an opening ceremony at the Agricultural Productivity Technology Centre (APTC) of the CSIR-Crop Research Institute, Fumesua-Kumasi. The occasion witnessed over fifty participants comprising both research scientists, staff of the institute and students from Ghana, Nigeria, Niger and Burkina Faso.
Speaking at the occasion, the acting director of CSIR-CRI Prof. Emmanuel Otoo said the training was aimed at providing participants with intensive hands-on training on breeding for aflatoxin resistance with marker assisted selection — from DNA extraction to data analyses.
The course instructor, Dr. Marilyn Warburton of (USAID) in her opening remarks stated that chronic consumption of aflatoxin-contaminated foods and feed poses significant threats to both human and animal life. She lectured the participants on the topic, “Integrating Molecular Markers into Plant Breeding”. The lecture highlighted Genotype Identification/Fingerprinting, Genetic Diversity/relationship studies, Molecular mapping etcetera as some importance of using molecular markers.
EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN OF CSIR COUNCIL VISITS CSIR-CROPS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
The newly appointed Executive Chairman of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Professor Robert Kingsford Adaboh on Wednesday, 17th January, 2018 visited the CSIR-Crop Research Institute at Fumesua. Accompanying him was the Director General of the Council, Professor Victor Kwame Agyeman and the Administrative Director, Mr. Adam Issahaku. The purpose of the visit was to officially introduce the newly appointed Executive Chairman to staff of the institute and for him to familiarize himself with the work of the institute.
CSIR-CROPS RESEARCH INSTITUTE SUPPORTS YAM GROWERS
One major constraint to yam production in Ghana is the availability of quality seeds to farmers. To mitigate this situation, the CSIR-Crops Research Institute (CSIR-CRI) has through its CAY SEED projects signed an agreement with six yam seed growers to establish seed yam multiplication centres.
These growers; Heritage Seed (Tamale), Fosuah Food Chain (Accra), Baba Agro (Atebubu), Savanna Yam Exchange (Accra), Naa Seini Enterprise (Tamale) and Hope Rural Investment (Bechem) have all received training from the Institute on an advanced seed production technique termed “aeroponics”, that is “growing yam in the air”.