Breeding cassava for higher crop yields and disease resistance
About the department
The University of Zimbabwe is Zimbabwe’s largest university, and its Department of Biochemistry is the only academic department of its kind in the country. In addition to running undergraduate and graduate programs in Biochemistry and Biotechnology, the department provides foundational training to large numbers of students from the Faculty of Health Sciences as well as other departments throughout the university.
Impact on development
By fighting against cassava mosaic disease, the department is helping local farmers to increase yields and see more dependable income.
Meet the Awardee
About the institution
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Why Seeding Labs?
With large and growing student numbers, the department needs equipment to support practical teaching. Equipment will also support faculty and graduate student research.
Did you know?
Dr. Fiona Robertson is athe recipient of a grant from the Alliance for Global Health and Science.