Increasing genetic gain in maize breeding pipelines in eastern and southern Africa

– Jill Cairns –


 
 

Biography
Global Maize Program,
Southern Africa Regional Office,
International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT),
Zimbabwe

 
 
 
 

Professional experience
2013-present: Senior Scientist, CIMMYT, Zimbabwe
2011-2013: Scientist, CIMMYT, Zimbabwe
2009-2011: Scientist, CIMMYT, Mexico
2006-2009: International Research Fellow, IRRI, Philippines
2003-2006: Postdoctoral Fellow, IRRI, Philippines
Qualifications
PhD. 2003. Plant Science. Analysis of environmental effects on expression of root penetration quantitative trait loci (QTL) in upland rice. University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom/West African Rice Development Association, Côte d’Ivoire/International Rice Research Center, Philippines
BSc. 1999. Soil Science. University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Current Research Activities
Monitoring genetic gain within the CIMMYT eastern and southern African maize breeding pipelines

Innovative breeding tools and techniques increase the rate of genetic gain in the maize breeding pipeline

Evaluating novel seed production technologies for small holder farmers

Prioritising climate change research needs with specific emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa through the identification of hotspots of climate variability through climate and crop modelling

Publications
Total: 56 articles and 6 book chapters (H index, Scopus = 24)
Selected recent articles

JL Araus S Kafuver SC, M Zaman-Allah, MS Olsen, JE Cairns. 2018. Translating high throughput phenotyping into genetic gain. Trends in Plant Science https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tplants.2018.02.00

A Gracia-Romero, O Vergara-Diaz, C Thierfelder, JE Cairns, SC Kefauver, JE Cairns, JL Araus. 2018. Phenotyping conservation agriculture management effects on ground and aerial remote-sensing assessments of maize hybrids performance in Zimbabwe. Remote Sensing 10, 349.

A Gracia-Romero, O Vergara-Diaz, C Thierfelder, JE Cairns, SC Kefauver, JE Cairns, JL Araus. 2018. Phenotyping conservation agriculture management effects on ground and aerial remote-sensing assessments of maize hybrids performance in Zimbabwe. Remote Sensing 10, 349.

R Makanza, M Zaman-Allah, JE Cairns, C Magorokosho, A Tarekegne, M Olsen, BM Prasanna. 2018. High-throughput phenotyping of canopy cover and senescence in maize field trials using aerial digital canopy imaging. Remote Sensing 10, 330.

J Hansen, J Hellin, T Rosenstock, E Fisher, JE Cairns, C Stirling, C Lamanna, J van Etten, A Rose, B Campbell. 2018. Climate risk management and rural poverty reduction. Agricultural Systems

GN Atlin, JE Cairns, B Das. 2017. Rapid breeding and varietal replacement are critical to adaption of developing-world cropping systems to climate change. Global Food Security 12, 31-37.

B Masuka, GN Atlin, M Olsen, C Magorokosho, M Labuschagne, J Crossa, M Bänziger, K Pixley, B Vivek, A van Biljon, J Macrobert, G Alvarado, BM Prasanna, D Makumbi, A Tarekegne, B Das, M Zaman-Allah, JE Cairns. 2017. Gains in maize genetic improvement in Eastern and Southern Africa i) CIMMYT hybrid breeding pipeline. Crop Science 57, 168-179.

B. Masuka, C Magorokosho, M Olsen, GN Atlin, M Bänziger, K Pixley, B Vivek, M Labuschagne, R Matemba-Mutasa, J Burguenõ, J Macrobert, BM Prasanna, D Makumbi, A Tarekegne, J Crossa, M Zaman-Allah, A van Biljon, JE Cairns. 2017. Gains in maize genetic improvement in Eastern and Southern Africa ii) CIMMYT open pollinated varieties (OPVs) breeding pipeline. Crop Science 57, 180-191.

M Zaman-Allah, O Vergara, JL Araus, A Tarekegne, C Magorokosho, PJ Zarco-Tejeda, A Hornero, A Hernandez Alba, B Das, P Craufurd, M Olsen, BM Prasanna, JE Cairns. 2015. Unmanned aerial platform-based multi-spectral imaging for field crop phenotyping in maize. Plant Methods 11, 35.

JL Araus and JE Cairns. 2014. Field high-throughput phenotyping, the new crop breeding frontier. Trends in Plant Science 19, 52-61.