Mars collaborates to sequence Africa's neglected food crops

Fox, J.L. (2013) Mars collaborates to sequence Africa's neglected food crops. Nature biotechnology, 31 (10). p. 867.

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A scientist at Mars pledged to work with American and Chinese collaborators to make the genomic data of almost 100 of Africa’s orphan crops publicly available on the internet. Howard-Yana Shapiro, chief agricultural officer at the confectionery and animal food company Mars in McLean, Virginia, made this statement at the G-8 International Conference in Washington in June. Shapiro led a partnership that sequenced, assembled and annotated the cacao (cocoa) genome in 2010 and made the data freely available to all researchers. The $40-million African Orphan Crop Consortium (AOCC), which includes the New Partnership for Africa’s Development, the Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI), Life Technologies, the World Wildlife Fund, the University of California, Davis (UCD), Mars and others, was set up in 2011 at the Clinton Global Initiatives conference.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Orphan Crops, Food Crops, Africa, Genome
Author Affiliation: Washington, DC
Subjects: Crop Improvement > Genetics/Genomics
Crop Improvement > Biotechnology
Divisions: Other Crops
Depositing User: Mr Siva Shankar
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2013 06:01
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2013 06:01
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