Research by Dr Silvester Elkana Anami
In sub-saharan africa tropical maize is a major crop for direct human consumption and a stable source of income for the resource poor rural farmers. However, its yield are greatly affected by drought stress. Conventional and marker assisted breeding have contributed significantly towards improving drought stress tolerance in tropical maize.
The increasing unpredictability and vagaries of rainfall and temperature variations consequent to global climate change, the dwindling availability of irrigation water and phosphate fertilizer, the escalating population indicate that new ways of improving tropical maize yield stability and stress tolerance under suboptimal conditions must be found and employed. In the Laboratory of Plant Genetics and Systems Biology, headed by Dr Sylvester Elikana Anami, the modulation of energy homeostasis to develop tropical maize that are tolerant to drought and oxidative stress is being studied. Efficient renegeration and Agrobacterium mediated transformation of tropical maize genotypes is being investigated in order to enhance the application of biotechnology in tropical maize breeding. The research is being funded by the National Council of Science and Technology (NCST).
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