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Georgina Lala Ehemba

Born in Edioungou in the region of Ziguinchor, Senegal, Georgina Lala EHEMBA obtained her higher school diploma in Sciences in 2011 at the high school Aline Sitoé DIATTA of Oussouye (Ziguinchor).

She got a Bachelor of Sciences in Biology at the University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar in 2014. In 2017, she got and a Master’s of Science in Plant Pathology and Crop Protection in 2017 from the same university.

Her MSc. research aimed to evaluate millet lines for Downy mildew resistance under the agro-ecological conditions of Casamance. This study was supported by the West Africa Agricultural Productivity programme (WAAPP) and implemented by the Centre d’Etudes Régional pour l’Amélioration de l’Adaptation à la Sécheresse (CERAAS/Thiès, Sénégal). The Resistant pearl millet lines from this study are now being used as parental lines in Senegalese Pearl millet breeding programme.

She also engaged to another study focused on identification of sources of resistance to peanut leaf spot disease from AB-QTLs peanut lines in the same institute.

She received in June 2018 a European Union (through the Intra-Africa mobility project ‘Training Scientists in Crop Improvement for Food Security in Africa’ (SCIFSA) programme) grand to pursue a PhD in Plant Breeding at the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI), University of Ghana.

Her PhD research aims to develop maize hybrid for drought and low-nitrogen soils in West Africa.