The cassava warriors in East Africa
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About The Event
Dr Laura Boykin, a Computational Biologist at UWA and Senior TED Fellow, along with her team of 'Cassava Warriors' have been utilising technology to develop a cassava plant (which is an important food crop) that is resistant to viruses and whitefly.
They’ve already reported an 800x increase in the yield of the cassava plant – a positive result for smallholder farmers in East Africa where whiteflies had been devastating the local cassava crops! Laura’s team have helped African scientist increase their knowledge of genomics and high performance computing resulting in local communities taking charge of their agricultural development sector.
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