Capacity Building

Ristaino Wins Fulbright Award

Jean Ristaino’s passion for ensuring food security for a fast-growing world population has taken her around the globe, helping other scientists and students gain skills in identifying and tracking new and re-emerging plant diseases that can decimate crops. Her most recent stop: Italy. Thanks to a prestigious Fulbright U.S. Research Scholar Award, the William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Plant Pathology at NC State will have a chance to both teach and learn as she works with colleagues and students at the University of Catania in Italy.

North Carolina State University brings new expertise to annual BecA-ILRI Hub workshop

The BecA-ILRI Hub annual workshop on Introduction to Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics (IMBB) kicked off on Monday 9 May 2016 at the ILRI campus in Nairobi. The intensive 11-day workshop attracted 27 participants from national agricultural research systems (NARS) in 11 African countries including Burundi, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Nigeria, South Sudan and Sudan. Click here to read more.

Phytophthora Workshop in India

A workshop on “Rapid Diagnostic Tools for Identification of Phytophthora species on Horticultural Crops ” organized by Dr. Jean Ristaino, with the assistance of Dr. Pallem Chowdappa, ICAR and Dr. David Cooke was held at the ICAR- Central Plantation Crops Research Institute, Bangalore India, Sept 8, 2015 preceding the 3rd International Phytophthora Symposium, Sept 9-12.  Over 120 participants applied for the workshop that included 30 students from diverse research institutes in India. The hands on laboratory training in morphological and molecular identification of Phytophthora species included use of a diagnostic keys, PCR and sequence based identification. DSC09759The subsequent 4 day symposium included plenary presentations by invited international guests on emerging Phytophthora diseases, taxonomy and phylogeny, population biology, genomics, pathogenesis, epidemiology, host resistance and disease management.  The well-attended meeting also included inaugural and cultural events, a field tour, a trade show and a valedictory honors ceremony for the invited speakers.  A workshop report and recommendations for future Phytophthora research in India were given by the international team.  3rd International Symposium – Phytophthora: Taxonomy,Genomics, Pathogenicity, Resistance & Disease Management Abstracts