Biotechnology: enhancing research on tropical crops in Africa
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CTA. 1993. Biotechnology: enhancing research on tropical crops in Africa. Spore 45. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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proceedings of the CTA/FAO/IITA plant biotechnology workshop, held in Ibadan, Nigeria, from 16-30 November 1990,
The editing of the proceedings of the CTA/FAO/IITA plant biotechnology workshop, held in Ibadan, Nigeria, from 16-30 November 1990, was completed this year. The meeting has led to the production of a very substantial volume, which has been co-published by CTA and IITA. This publication is another major contribution from CTA towards the effective use of modern plant biotechnologies for the improvement of crop productivity in Africa. It has been published as a companion volume to the proceedings of the CTA/FAO symposium on plant biotechnologies that was held in Luxembourg from 26-30 June 1989. The Luxembourg meeting considered activities that might be undertaken for specific groups of crops, and for improved plant protection, from the perspective of all developing countries; the Ibadan workshop was a follow-up to the Luxembourg meeting, and focused on the crops grown in Africa. Following peer review, the forty-eight papers that were presented at the workshop have been grouped into seven sections in the proceedings; each begins with one or more keynote papers. Recommendations are presented in four groups: general recommendations, which stress the importance of collaboration, the roles of IITA and private companies, and biosafety; constraints to interspecific hybridization in cassava, yam, plantain, cowpea and rice; the relationships between crop research problems and specific biotechnologies; and policy issues in research and training, including the identification of priorities.