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Launch of new B4FA book & Week in Review, Week of 25 Feb.

March 5th, 2013

B4FA – The Week in Review
5 March 2013
New! B4FA launches Insights: Africa’s future… can biosciences contribute?
This week marks the online launch of B4FA’s collection of essays Insights: Africa’s future… can biosciences contribute? They are available in full on the B4FA web site and on OurPlanet.com. Hard copies can also be purchased here.

The essays are eclectic and personal, sharply focused …

B4FA Week in Review – Week of 18 February

February 26th, 2013

B4FA – The Week in Review
26 February 2013
This week B4FA Media Fellows published two articles online: Uganda’s Wilber Muhwezi (The Observer)investigated the link between population growth and food insecurity in an interview with Ms Mellissa Wood, the Director of the new Australian International Food Security Centre (AIFSC).  In Nigeria, Akinwunmi Kole-Dawodu of News Agency …

B4FA Week in Review – Weeks of 4 and 11 February

February 19th, 2013

B4FA – The Week in Review
19 February 2013
This week several B4FA Media Fellows have published a number of compelling articles on topics as varied as improving sugar production through tissue culture, the diseases affecting cowpeas and how biotechnology may play a role in addressing them, major investments in seed banks, and improvements in Ugandan coffee processing.
In other bioscience news, experts …

B4FA Week in Review – Week of 27 January

February 5th, 2013

B4FA – The Week in Review
5 February 2013
This week the 12th International Plant Virus Epidemiology (IPVE) symposium took place in Arusha, Tanzania.  Dr Elly Kafiriti, the Director of the Naliendele Research Institute called for greater attention to plant diseases and their impact on food security, noting that Cassava Brown Streak Disease and …

B4FA Week in Review – Week of 20 January

January 30th, 2013

B4FA – The Week in Review
29 January 2013
In Nigeria’s Vanguard, B4FA Media Fellow Abdallah el-Kurebe interviews Prof. Jim Dunwell a Plant Biotechnologist at University of Reading.  Mr. el-Kurebe’s article shares Prof. Dunwell’s insights into many questions that people have about genetic modification.
B4Fa Media Fellow Eyo Charles reports on a B4FA workshop that was held at …

B4FA Week in Review – Week of 13 January

January 22nd, 2013

B4FA – The Week in Review
22 January 2013
Two B4FA Media Fellows have published articles online this week.  Isaac Khisa, who is based in Uganda, focuses on disease-resistant pearl millet, while Nigerian journalist, Abdallah el-Kurebe, reports on a recent visit to the National Roots Crops Research Institute and its work on disease-resistant cassava.
SciDev.net reports on IITA’s recent …

B4FA Week in Review – Week of 6 January

January 15th, 2013

B4FA – The Week in Review
15 January 2013
This week B4FA published a recent article, “We are all committed to ending world hunger,” by Professor Chris Leaver.  We hope you will find his insights into food security and plant genetics food for thought.
This article is shared courtesy of Tunza, a UNEP magazine …

B4FA Week in Review – Weeks of 23 and 30 Dec.

January 8th, 2013

B4FA – The Week in Review
8 January 2013
Welcome back to the B4FA Week in Review, and Happy New Year 2013!
This week read about the Global Food Security Risk Index, as reported by B4FA Media Fellow, Samuel Hinneh.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), The Broad Institute and Rockefeller University revealed a new method for ‘editing’ …

B4FA Week in Review – Week of 9 December

December 18th, 2012

B4FA – The Week in Review
Week of 9 December 2012
B4FA Media Fellows Npong Francis, Isaac Khisa and Lominda Afedraru have published insightful articles on topics ranging from Vitamin A-rich millet to a new $25m investment in cassava breeding – please see them in the ‘Biosciences and Plant Genetics’ section below.
Following …

B4FA Week in Review – Week of 2 December

December 11th, 2012

B4FA – The Week in Review
Week of 2 December 2012
Could 100 million-year-old regions DNA of a papaya or poplar tree hold clues to how specific genes are turned ‘on’ or ‘off’?  According to researchers at the University of Warwick, yes, the four species they have studied could provide clues that …