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Genetics agrees: Africa is thriving in diversity

Since the Human Genome Project published the first sequence of the human DNA code in 2001, the field of human genetics has dramatically expanded. New studies have identified specific changes in the DNA code (or genetic variants) that are linked to why some people are... click to read more

  • Neil Hanchard | Associate Professor at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA
  • Ananyo Choudhury | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Zane Lombard | Senior Scientist at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Views 628
Reading time 3 min
published on Apr 27, 2022
Crop yield responses to conservation agriculture in Africa

Food demand in sub-Saharan Africa will increase drastically in the coming decades due to rapid population growth and a rise in wealth. Maize is the main African staple crop in terms of calorie intake. However, yields are low and have been stagnating. For example, average... click to read more

  • Marc Corbeels | Senior researcher at International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), Nairobi, Kenya; French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD), University of Montpellier, Montpellier, France
Views 1906
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Mar 24, 2021
Mosquito travel diaries: destinations, routes, stowaways, and … cost

Although grappling with a viral pandemic, half the world's population is at risk of illness or death from malaria, dengue, and other mosquito-borne diseases. Therefore, it's no surprise that controlling mosquitoes is a top global health priority. But there's a lot we don't know about... click to read more

  • Tovi Lehmann | Research Fellow at Laboratory of Malaria and Vector Research, NIAID, NIH, Rockville, MD, USA
  • Ben J. Krajacich | Research Fellow at Laboratory of Malaria and Vector Research, NIAID, NIH, Rockville, MD, USA
  • Roy Faiman | Research Fellow at Laboratory of Malaria and Vector Research, NIAID, NIH, Rockville, MD, USA
Views 1937
Reading time 4 min
published on Dec 10, 2020
Enhancing cassava for better nutrition in every bite

Cassava is a staple food crop in sub-Saharan Africa, where millions of people eat it every day. It's an especially important source of food during times of drought, because cassava is a hardy plant that continues to produce its starchy storage roots when water is scarce... click to read more

  • Nigel J. Taylor | Associate Member and Distinguished Investigator at Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St Louis, MO, USA
  • Narayanan Narayanan | Research Scientist at Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St Louis, MO, USA
Views 2104
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Sep 17, 2019