The Cassava Breeding Community Of Practice in Africa
Cassava ready for a close-up after ‘research make-over’ in Ghana
Want to know what’s 'in' in crop science this planting season? Check out our latest blogpost on the very latest in the world of cassava in Ghana, where GCP researcher and cassava style guru, Elizabeth Parkes (Crops Research Institute [CRI] of Ghana’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research [CSIR], currently on leave of absence at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture [IITA]), has been at the forefront of a research make-over for cassava.
In this post, Elizabeth explains how she was able to deal with the ‘difficult dour diva’ of crop science, enduring its tricky genetics and long-season, labour-intensive habits, and combatting pests and disease, together with a dedicated team of cassava students and researchers under her expert tutelage. Add in some GCP molecular-breeding know-how, infrastructure support and capacity-building initiatives to bloom and grow…for both cassava plants as well as Elizabeth’s human charges!
IBP Team launches version 2.0 of the Breeding Management System
On Friday, January 31, 2014, the IBP Team released a new and
improved version of the Breeding Management System (BMS – formerly known as the Integrated Breeding Workflow System).
Since the public launch of the BMS in June 2013, the IBP Team and its long-standing partner Efficio Technology Services have worked tirelessly to reengineer processes and design new features that address the crop breeders’ real needs. Version 2.0 of the BMS provides improved data processing functionality, fluid ergonomics to enhance user experience and new tools and navigation that better align with day-to-day breeding activities.