Scientists announced Thursday they had cracked the genetic code of an African clawed frog, the latest project aimed at understanding how genes work for potential applications in human health. The genome — or collection of genetic information — of Xenopus tropicalis, a frog living entirely in water in sub-Saharan Africa, was published in the April… [Read More]
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In response to the urgency of this threat, and building upon the newly available cassava genome sequence, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded a $1.3 million grant to University of Arizona researchers who will lead an international consortium to develop a genome variation database that will provide breeding tools to aid farmers in… [Read More]
A $1.3 Million grant from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will fund the next phase of research that is critical to global food security. A team of academic, government and industry researchers has completed a first draft of the cassava (Manihot esculenta) genome. The project is an important first step in accelerating the pace of… [Read More]
A team of academic, government and industry researchers has completed a first draft of the cassava (Manihot esculenta) genome. The project is an important first step in accelerating the pace of research on this subsistence crop and addressing some of the many limitations that face cassava farmers around the world. Cassava is a root crop… [Read More]
The availability of the genome sequence enables the newly-funded project to study how cassava varieties differ from each other. “The contributions of 454 Life Sciences and DOE JGI in making the cassava genome a reality have opened a new chapter in cassava research worldwide. We’re excited about the opportunity for cassava breeders to access new… [Read More]
Cassava is a root crop that serves as the primary food source for more than 750 million people each day. Although it has many properties that make it an important food across much of Africa and Asia, it also has many limitations. Cassava has poor nutritional content and is susceptible to many pathogens, particularly in… [Read More]
If you’re feeling ill trying to keep up with all the strange biofuel news these days, you might want to have some lab tests run. You could have a form of E. coli poisoning, a cyanobacteria outbreak, or maybe you accidentally ingested some highly toxic fire moss or perhaps bumped into a desert locust –… [Read More]