Recent advances in breeding for Striga resistance in early and extra-early maturing maize for sub-Saharan Africa

A team of IITA scientists, molecular breeders, and geneticists, coordinated by the IITA early and extra-early Maize Program Lead, Baffour Badu-Apraku, recently made significant advances in the longstanding efforts of the IITA Maize Improvement Program (MIP) to develop genotypes with durable resistance to Striga parasitism using molecular markers. The major advances are:  Identification of genomic regions significantly associated with indicator traits for Striga resistance under infestation in early maturing…

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Picture of happy farmers at the field day in Mokwa, Niger State.

Farmers’ field day and donation of 200 hectares of land at Mokwa

IITA’s Maize Improvement Program (MIP) with support from Robert Asiedu, the IITA West Africa Regional Hub Director, organized a farmers’ field day on 29 October to demonstrate maize technologies for combating Striga hermonthica prevalent on the fields of smallholder maize farmers in Mokwa, Niger State and its environs. The day also marked the official inauguration and…

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IITA research fellow awarded Borlaug LEAP Fellowship

Ijeoma  Akaogu, a PhD research fellow at IITA, Ibadan and Senior Scientific Officer at the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), has been awarded the prestigious Norman Borlaug LEAP Fellowship funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Ijeoma completed her course work at the University of Ghana under the West Africa Centre for Crop…

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