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November 2015: Advanced course in regulatory and biosafety issues of agricultural biotechnology in the East-African region

This 10-days course aimed at East-African scientists engaged in crop improvement programs as well as regulators to train them (1) on which and how to collect relevant and reliable data to perform risk analysis and (2) how to communicate their scientific results and goals to a non-scientific audience and the public at large. This was achieved by implementing the theory with a specific example of late blight resistant potato varieties.
The program gave an overview of potato diseases in Sub Saharan Africa and how to address them through breeding programs as well as biotechnology approaches. The program continued with an overview of regulatory and risk assessment principles relevant to the East African region and ended with a two day workshop on how to communicate research findings and goals to a nonscientific audience and the public at large. The sessions were interactive, including group work, presentations and discussions. The program also included a day of visit to a confined field trail.
This course was realized with the support of IPBO, UGent, VIB, CIP, 2Blades and VLIR-UOS.
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2014: Advanced Course Modern Breeding Techniques of Cassava

The course covered the most important aspects related to modern breeding and the application of molecular techniques with a specific focus on the use of markers and their potential application in Cassava breeding (fingerprinting, biodiversity, trait mapping, crossing in specific genes and quality assurance). Legal aspects in plant breeding and other aspects of the cassava value chain were also included in the program as well as case studies using plant biotechnology for the improvement of Cassava. Following the theory a practical lab exercise was included on the use and analysis of molecular markers. In addition, field visits were organized to feedstock processing pilot plants. At the end of the course participants received a certificate of attendance.
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This course was realized with the support of IPBO, UGent, VIB and VLIR-UOS.

 

2012: Advanced Course Modern Breeding Techniques for Improvement of Sweetpotato

During this two weeks course the major topics in the field of breeding and especially modern breeding were covered, including the latest breeding techniques, using molecular analyses as a tool. The course covered different kinds of markers and their use in breeding programs for fingerprinting, biodiversity, mapping of traits and QTL’s, incrossing of specific genes (wild or transgene into cultivars) and quality assessment. Case studies of modern breeding for sweetpotato were presented. In addition, the challenges to commercialize ‘elite transgenic events’ as well as legal issues related to plant breeding, such as breeders rights were discussed.
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The course was realized with the support of IPBO, UGent, CIP, SASHA and VLIR-UOS.

 

2009: Advanced Course Modern Breeding Techniques for Improvement of Leguminous Crops

The course covered the most important aspects related to modern breeding and the application of molecular techniques with a specific focus on the use of markers and their application in breeding (fingerprinting, biodiversity, trait mapping, crossing in specific genes and quality assurance). Legal aspects in plant breeding and other aspects of the value chain were also included in the program. Case studies of several leguminous crops, including Lupins, Clover, Cowpea, Chickpea, Medicago Sativa, Bambara groundnut, Lathyrus and Phaseolus were presented.
The course was realized with the support of IPBO, UGent, and VLIR-UOS.

 

2006: Summer Course on Biosafety Assessment and Regulation of Agricultural Biotechnology

The course material such as publications and used powerpoint presentations for this course can be consulted at iosafety summer courses can be consulted here.
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The course was realized with the support of IPBO, UGent, and VLIR-UOS.

 

2005: Summer Course on Biosafety Assessment and Regulation of Agricultural Biotechnology

The course material such as publications and used powerpoint presentations for this course can be consulted at iosafety summer courses can be consulted here.

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2004: Summer Course on Biosafety Assessment and Regulation of Agricultural Biotechnology

The course material such as publications and used powerpoint presentations for the biosafety summer courses can be consulted here.