COMMUNITY SITE: Feeding Africa

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Science  20 May 2005:
Vol. 308, Issue 5725, pp. 1093
DOI: 10.1126/science.308.5725.1093a

Africa is the continent with the fastest-growing population, and researchers working on ways to hike food production there will find plenty to chew on at African Crop Improvement. The home page of a Rockefeller Foundation research grants program, the site offers a bumper crop of information on the needs of African agriculture, biotechnology, and related topics. Backgrounders on important crops such as bananas, cassava, and sorghum describe the plant's origins and uses and identify research priorities. For example, the main limit on cassava production comes from the virus-caused cassava mosaic disease. Links include the bean and millet genome projects. A news section posts media reports and press releases on the latest developments, and you can share ideas with fellow researchers on the new message board.

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