Ghana: Biotechnology to Improve Agriculture

In its quest to accelerate improvement in agricultural productivity, the government of Ghana says it is ready to explore biotechnology through collaboration with research...

Mozambique – Italy funds university research

Young researchers from Mozambique presented “Biotechnology for Health” and “The Genetic Characterisation of Populations”, at the first symposium of biotechnologies masters of the Eduardo...

KENYA: Local production means cheaper ARVs

A Kenyan pharmaceutical company has been given the green light by the World Health Organization (WHO) to start producing antiretroviral (ARV) drugs, which could...

North Africa: Researchers strike gold with nanoparticle virus test

An Egyptian research team has won a prize for developing a hepatitis C test using gold nanoparticles. The test could become a cheap and rapid...

Scientists find desert cure for date disease

Poisonous plants from the Sahara desert have proven effective in killing a fungus that is ravaging date palms in Algeria and Morocco ―...

Africa: Task forces set up to accelerate delivery of rice technologies

National and international rice experts in Africa have joined forces to set up continent-wide task forces on critical thematic areas in the rice sector...

New leader for Stellenbosch centre investigating invasive species

The director’s baton of the DST/NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology (C·I·B) at Stellenbosch University was handed over from one world-class scientist to...

Kenya’s scientists urged to engage in GM debate

Kenya's agriculture secretary is urging researchers to join the debate on genetically modified (GM) foods — and not leave the issues to politicians. There has...

Kenya: Government plans regulation of bio-technology

Kenyan scientists have completed research on bio-technology cotton, which is set to be commercialised in 2014. Kenya is among countries in Africa that has made...

East African labs to adopt uniform benchmarks

A new proficiency testing scheme that requires all labs in East Africa to better their services is likely to reduce on haphazard work as...

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