A new World Bank report released in 2015 shows that climate change is an acute threat to poorer people across the world, with the power to push more than 100 million people back into poverty by the year 2030. And the poorest region of the world – Sub-Saharan Africa – will be hit the hardest. Developing crops more tolerant to rapidly changing and more severe environments such as droughts will be crucial for future food production. To improve yields of major food crops in Africa, in particular maize and sorghum, we employ genetics, genomics, tissue culture… Continue reading →
The global carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations surpassed 400 parts per million in March 2015 for the first time since record-keeping of greenhouse gas levels began ( http://research.noaa.gov). These suggests that burning of fossil fuels by humans have caused global CO2 concentrations to rise more than 102 parts per million since pre-industrial times. Rising concentrations of atmospheric CO2 is a key contributor to current global climate changes and there is worsening pollution as a result of fossil exploitation. As a consequence and in addition to recent high expectation for clean energy has given a new impetus for the production… Continue reading →
In line with the institute’s objectives, a number of postgraduate research projects are currently actively on-going. All postgraduate students are advised to liaise with the institute’s postgraduate officer who is preparing schedules for progress report seminars for the institute
IBR has been associated with tissue culture technique in both research and commercial frontiers. The latest breakthrough is the successful development of tissue culture protocol for local sugarcane varieties preferred by commercial millers in Kenya. This provides a vital foundation for future improvement of the crop using biotechnological techniques.
The institute wishes to invite all interested parties to the upcoming postgraduate progress report seminar to be held sometime in February (date to be announced later).