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Abstract - Cohort 1

  • Issaka Ahmadou

    DEVELOPMENT OF DOWNY MILDEW RESISTANT, F1 PEARL MILLET (Pennisetum glaucum ( L.) R. Brown) HYBRIDS IN NIGER, ABSTRACT

    With rapid population growth, continued improvement for yield of pearl millet, the first staple cereal in Niger, is a major priority. It is also necessary to integrate local community needs in technology development through exploitation of their knowledge.… Full Abstract

  • Mamadou Mory Coulibaly

    STABILITY FOR GRAIN YIELD PERFORMANCE OF MAIZE INBREDS AND THEIR HYBRIDS IN VARYING DROUGHT STRESS ENVIRONMENTS IN MALI, ABSTRACT

    Hybrid maize varieties have not yet been adopted by many farmers in Mali. This is partly due to the lack of good hybrid varieties that are tolerant to drought. Recurrent drought is one of the major constraints to maize production in West Africa. It can be… Full Abstract

  • Ndubuisi Damian Njoku

    IMPROVING BETA-CAROTENE CONTENT IN FARMERS’ PREFERRED CASSAVA CULTIVARS IN NIGERIA, ABSTRACT

    The study was conducted to assess the potential to improve farmers’ preferred cassava cultivars with high carotene content in Nigeria. A participatory rural appraisal (PRA) and sensory evaluation was conducted in Abia, Imo and Ebonyi states of Nigeria to identify farmers’ and consumers’… Full Abstract

  • Mamadou Ibrahim Aissata

    EVALUATION OFNIGERIEN SORGHUM [Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench] LANDRACES AND THEIR TESTCROSS HYBRIDS FOR COMBINING ABILITY ABSTRACT

    The development of successful improved sorghum varieties for the Western Africa requires the incorporation of farmer’s perceptions and desires into the end product. Failure to do this in the past probably explains the low rate of adoption of… Full Abstract

  • Some Koussao

    GENETIC IMPROVEMENT OF SWEETPOTATO (Ipomoea batatas [L.] Lam) FOR BETA-CAROTENE AND YIELD IN BURKINA FASO, ABSTRACT

    The potential of sweet potato to address food security, malnutrition and poverty is acknowledged in Sub-Saharan Africa. The present study was undertaken to develop varieties combining yield and quality in order to address food security and malnutrition in… Full Abstract

  • Moses Adeolu Adebayo

    GENETIC ANALYSES OF DROUGHT TOLERANCE IN CROSSES OF ADAPTED AND EXOTIC MAIZE (Zea mays L.) INBRED LINES, ABSTRACT

    Molecular-marker-based genetic distances, pedigree information, and estimates of genetic effects are often combined to select parents of superior high yielding hybrids. The objectives of this study were to:

    (i) determine the genetic diversity and… Full Abstract

  • Solomon Gyan Ansah

    BREEDING COWPEA (Vigna unguiculata (L). Walp) FOR PHOSPHORUS USE EFFICIENCY IN GHANA, ABSTRACT

    A participatory rural appraisal (PRA) survey was conducted to elicit farmers‘ perceptions on soil fertility (especially soil phosphorus) and to gather information on elite cowpea varieties. Later, field studies were conducted to (a) screen 100 cowpea genotypes for their phosphorus… Full Abstract

  • Maxwell Darko Asante

    GENETIC ANALYSIS OF GRAIN QUALITY TRAITS IN RICE, ABSTRACT

    The study was undertaken to assess farmer and consumer perceptions on grain quality preferences, characterize (physicochemically and with gene markers) rice germplasm from Africa and the U.S.A for their quality, map QTLs for grain quality and agronomic traits in a BC1F2 population derived from a cross between… Full Abstract

Abstract - Cohort 2

  • Dr. Allen Oppong

    DEVELOPMENT OF TOPCROSS HYBRID MAIZE (Zea mays L.) FOR YIELD AND RESISTANCE TO MAIZE STREAK VIRUS DISEASE, ABSTRACT

    Studies were conducted to explore the potential of utilizing Ghanaian maize landraces for improved grain yield and resistance to the maize streak virus disease. Farmer perceptions of the maize streak virus disease as well as constraints to the adoption of… Full Abstract

  • Dr. Usman Alhassan

    GENETIC ANALYSIS OF RESISTANCE TO ROSETTE DISEASE OF GROUNDNUT (Arachis hypogaea L.), ABSTRACT

    Groundnut rosette disease (GRD), transmitted naturally by aphids, Aphis craccivora, is the most destructive viral disease of groundnut (Arachis hypogaea L.) in Nigeria and causes serious yield losses to farmers. The narrow genetic base among groundnuts has impeded efficient… Full Abstract

  • Dr. IFIE Elohor Beatrice

    Striga hermonthica (Del.) and low soil nitrogen (low N) are among the most important constraints to maize production and productivity in West Africa (WA). Knowledge and understanding of the inheritance of Striga resistance and low N tolerance in early maturing maize inbreds are invaluable in developing hybrids adapted to both low N and Striga-infested environments in WA.The objectives of the… Full Abstract

  • Dr. COULIBALY Adama Mamadou

    GENETIC ANALYSIS OF EARLINESS AND DROUGHT TOLERANCE IN GROUNDNUT (Arachis hypogaea L.) IN NIGER, ABSTRACT

    End-of-season drought, characterized by low and erratic rainfall, is the most important factor limiting groundnut (Arachis hypogaea L.) production in Niger. Information about farmers' varietal preferences and production constraints are limited. Genotypes have not yet… Full Abstract

  • Dr. SAKO Dramane

    GENETIC ANALYSIS FOR PANICLE ARCHITECTURE AND GRAIN YIELD IN SORGHUM [Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench] IN MALI, ABSTRACT

    Sorghum panicle architecture is a complex trait involving growth, elongation and branching pattern. The main objective of this research was to determine the genetic control of sorghum panicle architecture and its involvement in grain yield.

    Molecular… Full Abstract

  • Dr. GOITA Oumarou

    GENETIC IMPROVEMENT OF ALKALINITY TOLERANCE IN RICE IN OFFICE DU NIGER IN MALI, ABSTRACT

    Alkalinity stress is one of the most important abiotic stresses limiting rice production in irrigated systems. Alkalinity stress during seedling stage widely affects irrigated rice production of Office du Niger in Mali. The development of rice cultivars that tolerate alkalinity stress condition… Full Abstract

  • Dr. THOMPSON. N .A Ruth

    GENETIC ANALYSIS OF POSTHARVEST PHYSIOLOGICAL DETERIORATION IN CASSAVA (Manihot esculenta Crantz) STORAGE ROOTS, ABSTRACT

    Postharvest physiological deterioration (PPD) is a serious abiotic stress in cassava that renders the roots unmarketable, thereby reducing the economic value of the crop. This study was undertaken to determine farmers? perception of PPD and identify… Full Abstract

  • Dr. ODURO Viviane

    GENETIC CONTROL OF SUGARS, DRY MATTER AND BETA-CAROTENE IN SWEETPOTATO (Ipomoea batatas [L.] Lam), ABSTRACT

    Sweetpotato has immense potential for food and nutrition security in Ghana. It is however, infrequently used in local cuisines. Breeders have attributed this low utilization to the fact that sweetpotato lacks quality characteristics that make it amenable to local food… Full Abstract

  • Dr. TRAORE Valentin Stanislas Edgar

    DR. TRAORE VALENTIN STANISLAS EDGAR

    MARKER ASSISTED SELECTION FOR RESISTANCE TO RICE YELLOW MOTTLE VIRUS IN FARMERS’PREFERRED RICE VARIETIES IN BURKINA FASO, ABSTRACT

    Rice yellow mottle disease (RYMD), caused by Rice yellow mottle virus (RYMV), is a very damaging disease of rice in Sub-Saharan Africa. A participatory rural appraisal was conducted in Burkina Faso to assess… Full Abstract

  • Dr. DAO Abdalla

    GENETIC CHARACTERIZATION, ASSOCIATION MAPPING AND EVALUATION OF HETEROTIC PATTERNS OF TROPICAL MAIZE (Zea mays L.) INBRED LINES UNDER DROUGHT AND NON-DROUGHT CONDITIONS, ABSTRACT

    Genetic diversity provides the capacity for plants to meet changing environments and farmers' preferences, and to establish heterotic patterns, essential for an efficient and sustainable hybrid… Full Abstract

Abstract - Cohort 3

  • Dr. MAHAMANE NASSER, Laouali

    COMBINING ABILITY AND YIELD PERFORMANCE STUDIES OF TROPICAL MAIZE (ZEA MAYS L.) GERMPLASM UNDER DROUGHT STRESS AND WELL-WATERED ENVIRONMENT - ABSTRACT

    Maize is increasingly consumed by Nigerian households. Limited studies have been conducted on the production and productivity of this crop in Niger and very few cultivars (mostly open pollinated varieties) are available to farmers.… Full Abstract

  • Dr. SOULEYMANE Oumarou

    GENETIC STUDIES ON SALT TOLERANCE IN RICE (O. SATIVA) USING CONVENTIONAL AND MOLECULAR METHODS - ABSTRACT

    Niger’s rice production has not been able to match growth in demand. The slow growth in domestic rice production has been attributed to salinity, non-adapted germplasm, and low farmer adoption of improved varieties. This study was carried out to: determine farmers’ perception on… Full Abstract

  • Dr. BAAFI Ernest

    DEVELOPMENT OF END-USER PREFERRED SWEETPOTATO VARIETIES IN GHANA -ABSTRACT

    Sweetpotato has great potential as a food security and income generating crop as well as, raw material for industry in Ghana. In spite of its great potential to alleviate food insecurity, malnutrition and poverty, it has remained an untapped resource in Ghana as its level of utilization is very low. Studies were… Full Abstract

  • Dr. ADJEBENG-DANQUAH Joseph

    GENETIC STUDIES OF PHYSIOLOGICAL AND MORPHOLOGICAL TRAITS ASSOCIATED WITH DROUGHT TOLERANCE IN CASSAVA GENOTYPES - ABSTRACT

    Breeding crops tolerant to abiotic constraints is more efficient if key traits that are closely related with yield are available for screening. This study was undertaken to identify key traits that are closely related to cassava yield under drought stress and also… Full Abstract

  • Dr. MAFOUASSON APALA Hortense Noelle

    GENETIC ANALYSIS OF TOLERANCE TO LOW SOIL NITROGEN IN INTERMEDIATE MATURING MAIZE (ZEA MAYS L.) INBRED LINES - ABSTRACT

    Low soil nitrogen (N) is one of the most important constraints to maize production in sub- Saharan Africa (SSA) in general and the Bimodal Humid Forest Zone (BHFZ) of Cameroon. External source of N as nutrient are therefore required for increased yield of the crop.… Full Abstract

  • Dr. TANDZI NGOUNE Liliane

    DEVELOPMENT OF HIGH-YIELDING AND STABLE MAIZE (ZEA MAYS L.) HYBRIDS TOLERANT TO ACID SOILS OF THE TROPICAL HUMID FOREST ZONES OF CAMEROON - ABSTRACT 

    Maize is the most important cereal produced in the Bimodal Humid Forest Zone (BHFZ) of Cameroon. Yield of the crop in the BHFZ is very low because of the negative impact of soil acidity on plant growth. Lime increases soil pH levels to… Full Abstract

  • Dr. KOSGEI Alice Jelimo

    GENETIC ANALYSIS AND MARKER ASSISTED BREEDING FOR DROUGHT TOLERANCE AND YIELD IN CHICKPEA (CICER ARIETINUM L.) -  ABSTRACT

    Chickpea is an important legume crop in the arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs). It is commonly grown during the post-rainy season under receding soil moisture conditions. This exposes the crop to drought especially… Full Abstract

  • Dr. BATIENO Teyioué Benoit Joseph

    GENETIC ANALYSIS OF DROUGHT TOLERANCE IN COWPEA - ABSTRACT

    The potential of cowpea to address food security in Burkina Faso in particular is well established. However, there is limited information on drought tolerance and diversity in the germplasm in Burkina Faso and farmers’ perceptions on the effects of drought and their varietal preferences are not known. The present study was,… Full Abstract

  • Dr. UMAR Muhammad Lawan

    BREEDING FOR GRAIN QUALITY TRAITS IN COWPEA [VIGNA UNGUICULATA (L) WALP] - ABSTRACT

    This study was conducted in Nigeria to: (i) assess farmer and consumer perceptions and preferences on grain quality traits in cowpea (ii) assess the variability of grain nutritional values (protein, iron and zinc content) of cowpea accessions from Africa and other parts of the world; (iii) determine the… Full Abstract

Abstract - Cohort 4

  • Dr. SALIFOU Mahamadou

    BREEDING COWPEA [VIGNA UNGUICULATA (L.) WALP.] FOR STRIGA [STRIGA GESNERIOIDES (WILD.) VATKE] RESISTANCE USING MARKER ASSISTED SELECTION IN NIGER  - ABSTRACT

    Striga gesnerioides (Wild.) Vatke is the main biotic constraint restricting yield of cowpea in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) in general and particularly in Niger. The available resistant varieties developed so far… Full Abstract

  • Dr. SORY Sissoko,

    MARKER ASSISTED SELECTION FOR POST-FLOWERING DROUGHT TOLERANCE IN SORGHUM BICOLOR [L.] MOENCH  - ABSTRACT

    Sorghum is the second most important cereal crop after pearl millet in terms of area planted, production, and per capita consumption in Mali. Production of sorghum is declining due to several reasons including lack of sorghum hybrids and adapted varieties tolerant to… Full Abstract

  • Dr. OUEDRAOGO Nofou,

    GENETIC IMPROVEMENT OF LOCAL SORGHUM (SORGHUM BICOLOR L. MOENCH) VARIETIES FOR DROUGHT TOLERANCE TRAITS - ABSTRACT

    Drought is the major abiotic factor limiting crop production worldwide and sorghum is one of the most drought tolerant grain crops that have the ability of addressing food insecurity in semi-arid areas. However, it is exposed recurrently to severe forms of drought… Full Abstract

  • Dr. NKOUMKI Maureen Fonji Atemkeng,

    GENETIC ANALYSIS OF BIOLOGICAL NITROGEN FIXATION RELATED TRAITS IN COWPEA [VIGNA UNGUICULATA (L.) WALP] UNDER LOW SOIL PHOSPHORUS - ABSTRACT

    Little information is available on the genetics of nitrogeng fixation traits in cowpea, especially in soils deficient in phosphorus prevailing in the humid forest zone (HFZ). In this zone, farmers are usually not consulted in the… Full Abstract

  • Dr. EGBAZOR Kenneth Fafa,

    GENETIC CONTROL AND BREEDING FOR SEED SIZE AND COLOUR IN COWPEA [VIGNA UNGUICULATA (L.) WALP] - ABSTRACT

    Consumer preference is very important in acceptance of an improved crop variety. Participatory rural appraisal (PRA) was therefore, conducted, on preferred traits of cowpea [Vigna unguiculata (L)  Walp] among Ghanaian consumers in Ketu North, Ho and Akatsi districts. It was… Full Abstract

  • Dr. ADOFO BOATENG Priscilla,

    DEVELOPMENT OF HIGH-YIELDING AND STABLE MAIZE (ZEA MAYS L.) HYBRIDS TOLERANT TO LOW SOIL NITROGEN  - ABSTRACT

    Maize is Ghana’s most important cereal crop and is grown by the vast majority of rural households. It is widely consumed throughout the country, and is the second most important staple food in Ghana, after cassava. Low soil nitrogen (N) impedes maize production in the… Full Abstract

  • Dr. OKORO Perpetua,

    DEVELOPING SUPERIOR CASSAVA [MANIHOT ESCULENTA (CRANTZ)] VARIETIES USING PARTIAL INBREDS  - ABSTRACT

    Studies were carried out to identify farmers’ preferences for cassava varieties and desired traits in Edo State. A pre-visit was made to the federal and state ministry of agriculture and to the local community heads to get the primary information. Focus group discussions were… Full Abstract

  • Dr. IBITOYE Olubunmi Dorcas,

    GENETIC ANALYSIS OF DROUGHT TOLERANCE IN COWPEA [VIGNA  UNGUICULATA (L.) WALP] - ABSTRACT 

    Agriculture in SSA is under serious threat due to water shortage, population pressure and climate change. Cowpea, a protein-rich legume crop which is an important component in the diets of rural and urban people of the tropics and sub-tropical regions of the world thus plays a… Full Abstract

Abstract - Cohort 5

  • Dr. SANOGO Ousmane

      EFFECTIVENESS OF EARLY GENERATION SELECTION FOR DROUGHT RELATED TRAITS IN GROUNDNUT (Arachis hypogaea L.) -Abstract

    Groundnut, an important food, feed and cash crop in the Sahel, is mostly rainfedand most of the time, the growing phase terminates under a period of drought. This exposes the crop to end-of season drought, causing high yield losses. The objectives of… Full Abstract

  • Dr. NIKIEMA Zara Soutonnoma

    GENETIC IMPROVEMENT OF SORGHUM BICOLOR (L.) MOENCH FOR RESISTANCE TO COLLETOTRICHUM SUBLINEOLUM  (P.) HENN (sorghum anthracnose)  IN BURKINA FASO- Abstract

    Sorghum Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench, is a diploid cereal crop with 2n=2x=20 chromosomes. The crop is the fifth most produced cereal after wheat, rice, maize, and barley. Among the largest sorghum producers… Full Abstract

  • Dr. MASSAOUDOU Hamidou

    COMBINING ABILITY OF YIELD AND RESISTANCE OF MIDGE (Stenodiplosis sorghicola) (Coquillett) OF LANDRACES-DERIVED SORGHUMS IN NIGER- Abstract

    According to the results of rural appraisal, farming in the study sites is mainly smallholder family system. Farmers are predominantly young sorghum producers with low levels of education and relative little… Full Abstract

  • Dr. ANYAOHA Christian Okechukwu

    GENETIC IMPROVEMENT OF NIGERIAN UPLAND RICE LANDRACES (Oryza sativa) FOR YIELD UNDER DROUGHT STRESS AT THE REPRODUCTIVE STAGE- Abstract

    Drought is the most important abiotic factor limiting rain-fed upland rice WACCI-AB 10(2)/2016-2017 production in Nigeria. The intermittent and widespread occurrence of drought stress in rain-fed rice fields in sub-Sahara… Full Abstract

  • Dr. DIEBIRU Mercy Elohor Ahor

    INDUCTION AND GENETIC ANALYSIS OF FLOWERING TIME/PRODUCTION FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF RAPID BREEDING CYCLE OF CASSAVA (Manihot sculenta crantz)- Abstract

    Due to increased utilisation and discovery of novel end products, the demand for cassava has increased significantly. Cassava breeders have the responsibility to release varieties with traits that best suit the… Full Abstract

  • Dr. BISSAH Matilda Ntowa

       IDENTIFICATION OF QUANTITATIVE TRAIT LOCI (QTLs) TOLERANT TO SALINITY IN  RICE (Oryza sativa) FROM TRADITIONAL AFRICAN DONOR AND IMPROVEMENT OF SOME POPULAR VARIETIES IN  GHANA-Abstract

    Sub-soil salinity is the leading physiological stress limiting productivity in irrigated and coastal rice production in Sahelian regions. Thus, productivity could be… Full Abstract

  • Dr. ABEBRESE Samuel Oppong

    ABSTRACT

    To evaluate the prospects of hybrid rice in Ghana, studies were undertaken,through participatory rural appraisal, to elicit farmer preferred traits and their readiness to adopt hybrids. The study also evaluated the performance of introduced hybrids, the genetics of anther indehiscence, stigma exertion and their possible application in hybrid rice
    breeding. A further… Full Abstract

Abstract - Cohort 6

  • Dr. ADDY Sylvester

    GENETIC STUDIES ON THE ‘easy-to-cook’ TRAIT FOR IMPROVED NUTRITIONAL COMPOSITION AND UTILIZATION COWPEA- Abstract

    Cowpea is a multifunctional crop, providing food for man and livestock. It is a reliable income generating commodity for many farmers and grain traders (Singh 2002; Langyintuo et al., 2003, Timko et al. 2008). In Ghana, cowpea is mainly prepared… Full Abstract

  • Ms. AZU Elaine

  • Dr. SOBDA Gonne

    GENETIC STUDIES OF COWPEA [Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp] FOR RESISTANCE TO THRIPS (Megalurothrips sjostedti Trybom) IN CAMEROON- Abstract

    The effect of thrips on cowpea yield losses can be reduced through breeding for resistant varieties while incorporating farmers‟ preferred traits. A study was conducted in the Sudanosahelian zone of northern Cameroon… Full Abstract

  • Dr. DIATTA Cyril

    IDENTIFICATION OF QTL FOR SORGHUM RESISTANCE TO GRAIN MOLD AT PHYSIOLOGICAL MATURITY- Abstract

    Sorghum cultivation in Senegal was faced with several constraints that limit production and yield. A participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) was conducted in the main sorghum growing area of Senegal to identify farmers’ production constraints, preferred plant traits and their… Full Abstract

  • Dr. KOLAWOLE Adesike Oladoyin

       RESPONSE TO RECIPROCAL RECURRENT SELECTION AND GENETIC DIVERGENCE IN TWO TROPICAl MAIZE COMPOSITES- Abstract

    Average productivity of maize (Zea mays L.) in the moist savanna of West and Central Africa (WCA) is still considerably low. Improving maize populations with recurrent
    selection methods is important to develop divergent inbred lines with good combining… Full Abstract

  • Dr. AFOLAYAN Gloria Onyenashia

    INTROGRESSION OF QUANTITATIVE TRAIT LOCI FOR striga  RESISTANCE INTO SORGHUM VARIETIES ADOPTED IN NIGERIA THROUGH MARKER  ASSISTED BACKCROSSING- Abstract

    Striga hermonthica, is a major constraint to sorghum production in the Northern region of Nigeria causing high yield losses due to the increasing infestation. The introgression of resistance genesinto locally… Full Abstract

  • Dr. DOUMBIA Ibrahima Zan

         DEVELOPMENT OF COWPEA LINES RESISTANT TO THRIPS- Abstract

    Several techniques, such as chemical and bio-insecticides have been applied by farmerWHERE IS s to control thrips (Megalurothrips sjostedti) damage on cowpea. Many factors, such as improper amount of insecticides to dilute in water, cost and unavailability of insecticides and equipment limit the effective… Full Abstract

  • Dr. SALL Sangare Safiatou

         DEVELOPMENT OF Striga RESISTANT HYBRID MAIZE IN MALI- Abstract

    Maize is increasingly consumed in both rural and urban areas in Mali. However, maize production in Mali is seriously constrained by Striga hermonthica leading to high yield losses. To minimize the negative impact of the parasite, breeding hybrid maize resistant to Striga hermonthica is a… Full Abstract

  • Dr. KASSARI Ango Issoufou

         DEVELOPMENT OF HEAD MINER RESISTANT PEARL MILLET HYBRID- Abstract

    The potential of pearl millet to address food security and poverty is acknowledged in Niger. The present study was undertaken to develop varieties combining yield,
    resistance and well adopted genotypes in order to assure food security in Niger.Three activitieswere conducted in this study. The… Full Abstract

  • Dr. DRABO Inoussa

    MARKER-ASSISTED IMPROVEMENT OF  PEARL MILLET HYBRID FOR YIELD AND BROAD BASE DOWNY MILDEW RESISTANCE IN  BURKINA FASO-.Abstract

    Downy mildew caused by Sclerospora graminicola (Sacc.) Schroet is the major disease of pearl millet in the Sahel West Africa (SWA). It cause substantial yield loss in open pollinated varieties (OPVs) and constitute a serious threat to single… Full Abstract

  • Dr. AFUAPE Solomon Olufemi

    GENETIC  STUDIES ON THE INHERITANCE OF HIGH DRY MATTER AND SWEETPOTATO VIRUS DISEASE (SPVD) IN ORANGE FLESHED SWEETPOTATO GENETIC BACKGROUND- Abstract

    In order to develop acceptable orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) to replace the low dry matter content and sweetpotato virus disease (SPVD)-susceptible varieties that are facing low adoption, studies were conducted to… Full Abstract