Peanut & Mycotoxin Innovation Lab

A blog about leading science in peanut and food security.

Borlaug Award comes with cash prize for young scientist

It’s time to nominate young scientists for the Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application, a $10,000 prize that recognizes exceptional, science-based achievement in international agriculture and food production by an individual under 40. The award, endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation, goes to someone who “has clearly demonstrated intellectual courage, stamina, and determination in the fight to eliminate global hunger and poverty,” according to organizers.

Nominations are sought through June 30 for the sixth-annual award, which will be presented at the World Food Prize events in October. (more…)

African Journal of Rural Development taking articles for special issue

The African Journal of Rural Development (AFJRD) is seeking for papers for a supplementary issue on research, processes and related works on multi-stakeholder engagements in rural development from within and outside Africa.

AFJRD is an online open-access scientific journal that publishes articles on a quarterly basis (March, June, September, December). It is a multi- disciplinary peer-reviewed journal with an ultimate purpose of sharing and increasing the depth of knowledge on aspects of sustainable rural development. The Journal welcomes submission of manuscripts that meet the general criteria of domain significance and scientific excellence. All articles published in AFJRD will be peer reviewed.

The AFJRD publishes original research articles, short communications (which can give results of small investigations or  details of new models or hypotheses, and innovative approaches or methods, for example), and reviews (perspectives covering topics of current interest).

The AFJRD is supported by the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), a Network of 66 Universities in Africa. The Supplementary Issue on multi-stakeholder  research  and  innovations  is  inspired  by  the  increased  focus  on  multi-

Deadline for submission is 15 July. Following peer review and editing, the selected articles will be published 30 November.

The guide to authors and other details are available on  www.afjrd.org. Email editor@afjrd.org to register and access the online platform or info@afjrd.org for queries. All manuscripts will be received and processed via the Open Journal System Platform and authors will have opportunity to view status on their manuscripts via this system.

AflaNet seeking papers for upcoming conference

AflaNet, a partnership between the scientific and development communities in German and Kenya/East Africa, is soliciting abstracts for its one-day-conference in Nairobi on 9 October.

The aim of the conference is to bring together scientists, stakeholders, institutes, farmers and governmental institutions seeking for long-lasting, innovative and practicable ideas to combat aflatoxin from the food value chain.

The project funded by the German Ministry of Food and Agriculture in 2016 is designed as an initial study that is planned to be followed by a more intensive, overall collaborative project with African partners.

The deadline for abstract submission is 15 June; and notice of acceptance will go out 15 August. Send abstract to Aflanet@mri.bund.de

African ag information conference set for 2018

The International Association of Agricultural Information Specialists (IAALD) Africa Chapter and the Information Training and Outreach Centre for Africa (ITOCA) is seeking proposals for papers and workshops to be presented at the 4th IAALD Africa Conference in Pretoria, South Africa, 30 May through 1 June, 2018.

Papers should reflect the conference theme – “Agricultural innovations, information and knowledge: Catalyzing the attainment of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development and the African Union Agenda 2063.”

Find out more or explore sub-themes here.

Capacity development is a major component of the IAALD Africa Conference; organizers encourage proposals for interactive workshops intended to convey knowledge or skills to agricultural information professionals in areas relating to the sub-themes of the conference. Workshops may be organized during pre-conference events for two-thirds of the day (27-29 May) or half the day (31 May).

Proposals for papers or workshops should be sent to Gracian Chimwaza (gracian@itoca.org cc. itoca@itoca.org) no later than 30 September.

Ozias-Akins honored for distinguished research

Peggy Ozias-Akins, the lead scientist on the Peanut & Mycotoxin Innovation Lab’s translational genomics project, has been recognized by the University of Georgia as a Distinguished Research Professor for 2017. Only five scientists from across all disciplines received the honor.

UGA’s Office of Research did a short video to highlight Ozias-Akins’ work.

Ozias-Akins, a professor of horticulture, has applied advanced biotechnology and molecular biology tools, in some cases those that she developed herself, to improve crops like peanut. As an integral member of the International Peanut Genome Initiative, she helped with the sequencing of the commercial peanut, which will jumpstart the ability for breeders to identify genes or areas of genes that convey particular advantageous traits, such as disease resistance or oil chemistry. Dr. Ozias-Akins’ work on building the platform for identifying these genes and selecting crosses from the DNA analysis will speed up the rate of genetic improvement by improving the selection process and avoiding the need to physically grow and evaluate each cross. Under the PMIL project, she and her colleagues are seeking genetic markers for resistance to aflatoxin, which could be a game changing find for the global peanut industry.

“Her decades-long focus on peanut improvement has had significant scientific, agricultural and economic impact,” UGA’s Office of Research said in granting the award. (more…)

Conference on Mycotoxins, Phycotoxins set for June

The 2017 Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Mycotoxins and Phycotoxins, will be held June 18-23 at Stonehill College in Easton, Mass.

The conference will bring together senior and early-career scientists, as well as students, to address the very practical task of ensuring the safety of food and water supplies. Podium presentations will include a mixture of established and junior scientists, with a view to establishing networks and ideas to understand and mitigate these complex threats. (more…)

Check out webinar on Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index

SPRING (Strengthening Partnerships, Results and Innovation in Nutrition Globally) will hold a webinar on April 5 on the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI), a tool designed and tested by IFPRI, that is used to measure women’s empowerment

SPRING used the tool in projects in Bangladesh, where women are relatively less empowered in comparison to the male members in the household. In most cases, they are not in a position to take part in the decision making process at the household level. (more…)

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