2016 Advanced Course

Banana research in Africa: modern breeding techniques, regulatory and biosafety issues

19-30 September 2016

This course aims at Africans engaged in banana improvement programs including as well scientists, regulators and lawyers to train them (1) in modern breeding techniques, (2) on how to collect relevant and reliable data to perform risk analysis and (3) how to communicate their scientific results and goals.

The program will give an overview of the most important banana diseases and how to address them through breeding as well as biotechnological approaches. The program continues with an overview of regulatory and risk assessment principles relevant to the African region. The participants will also obtain more insights in the metabolomics of banana, bioinformatics methods and banana processing. Finally, there is a two day workshop on how to communicate research findings and goals to a non-scientific audience and the public at large. The sessions will be interactive, including group work, presentations and discussions. The program also includes visits to confined field trials and local farmers.

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