Postgraduate course “Biosafety in Plant Biotechnolgy”
Previous Specialist Courses
Articles and Reviews
Potato in Africa
The fact series “potato in Africa” provides all essential information on the challenges and potential on potato cultivation in Africa. We discuss potato cultivation on the African continent and elaborate on the diverse challenges and opportunities to potato cultivation and variety improvement that can contribute to a more sustainable, environmentally friendly and economically viable agriculture.
Sugarcane in Africa
The Fact Series “Sugarcane in Africa” reviews the opportunities and challenges for sugarcane production in Sub-Saharan Africa. The development of high sugar and biomass-yielding sugarcane is key for improving the value of sustainability of the sugarcane industry in Sub-Saharan Africa. To unlock sugarcane industry potential, a number of enabling conditions need to be reached vis-à-vis
Cotton in Africa
Cotton represents a crucial source of income in Sub-Saharan Africa, both for rural populations and for national economies. This Fact Series describes the threats for a sustainable cotton production in Africa and discuss the adoption of Bt cotton worldwide.
Maize in Africa
Maize is the most-produced cereal worldwide. In Africa alone, more than 300 million people depend on maize as their main food crop. These Facts Series elaborate on processes to produce new and improved maize varieties that contribute to sustainable, environmentally friendly, and economically viable agriculture.
Bananas the green gold of the South
Given that bananas serve as a basic food source for 20 million people in East Africa and for 70 million people in West and Central Africa, Africa is highly dependent on banana cultivation for food, income, and job security.
These Facts Series elaborate on processes to produce new and improved banana varieties that contribute to sustainable, environmentally friendly, and economically viable agriculture.
This document discusses Golden Rice as a potential component of the broad strategy against vitamin A deficiency in developing countries. Efforts must continue to be made in combating global poverty and promoting a varied diet. But, for as long as vitamin A deficiency remains a public health problem in several countries, Golden Rice can be of added value.
The aim of this report is to provide a nuanced response to the many concerns that exist concerning the environmental impact of GM crops. The impact, whether positive or negative, depends on the crop trait and the cultivation method, but not on the breeding technology used. Plant breeding makes it possible to develop plants that reduce the impact on the environment.
In this VIB Facts Series issue, we outline how the crops we know today have evolved from nature, with particular emphasis on the role humans have played. We also explain how New Breeding Technologies work, how they differ from generally accepted methods, and what advantages they have over traditional breeding techniques.