Howard-Yana Shapiro, chief agricultural officer at Mars Incorporated, who is also affiliated with the University of California at Davis, the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media lab, outlined the AOCC’s goals during a session on African orphan crops at the Plant and Animal Genome conference.
- The African Orphan Crops Consortium, an Uncommon Collaboration
- The Genomes of African Orphan Crops
- Breeding Gynandropsis gynandra, a Model for Orphan Crops
- Breeding Bambara Groundnut for Abiotic Stress: Use of a Rapid Screening Technique for Drought Tolerance
- Developing Resources for Genomics-Assisted Breeding in Finger Millet
- Research in Tree Crops
- Capacity Building for Breeding African Orphan Crops
The AOCC was established in 2013 — spearheaded by investigators at Mars, UC Davis, the World
|Bambara groundnut, one of the orphan crops being
profiled as part of the African Orphan Crops Consortium
Wildlife Fund, the African Union’s New Partnership for Africa’s Development, and ICRAF.
- It has since grown to include partner organizations such as BGI, the UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Illumina, LGC, South Africa’s ARC, Bioinformatics Institute Ghent’s “From Nucleotides to Networks” (BIG N2N) center, CyVerse, Biosciences Africa, Google.
- The AOCC also teams up with other collaborators for specific research efforts,
- Dow AgroSciences announced that it partnered with UC Davis and the AOCC to sequence 116 lines of Bambara groundnut, drumstick tree, and apple-ring tree.