Basic Biotechnology and Molecular Tools for Improvement of African Food Crops
A total of 25 course participants from 19 African countries are working on specific and important crop in their home countries to address the specific objectives of the RAF5076-003 Program for Improving Crops Using Mutation Induction and Biotechnology through Farmer Participation Approach (AFRA), supported by FAO/IAEA from Vienna Austria.
The training covers:
• Application of biotechnology and mutation inductions in crop improvement – tissue culture techniques for production of double haploids by anther culture techniques to fix mutants varieties.
• Media preparations and utilization of plant tissue culture techniques in plant breeding and screening
• Handling mutant populations and Phenotyping
• Molecular genotyping of mutant populations
• Gene discovery and molecular breeding for biotic and abiotic stresses in crops
• Hands- on practical tools in molecular techniques for crop improvements
• Molecular markers development and utilization
• Isolation and characterization of genes involved in mutagenesis
• Primer designing, generating molecular data for breeding scheme
The centre in conjunction with the Horticulture laboratories are the host facilities for this training.