AfriPlantSci Workshop, Arusha
Hosted by CREATES-FNS at NM-AIST, Arusha 19th February-4th March 2017
The 1st AfriPlantSci course, on the theme of Plant Metabolism for Improved Nutrition and Health, took place between 19th February and 4th March 2017. The course was hosted by CREATES-FNS at NM-AIST, who also contributed as faculty for the final two days of the course. The remainder of the course was led by John Innes Centre faculty, with staff at the BecA-ILRI Hub and John Innes Centre contributing to the practical sessions. Funding for the course was gratefully received from the BBSRC and the World Bank.
The course covered breadth and depth of plant metabolism, and how aspects of plant metabolism can be harnessed to improve human health and nutrition. Topics included starch metabolism, iron and zinc nutrition, targeted engineering for biosynthesis of beneficial natural products and medicinal plant ecology. Throughout the theoretical part of the course, an emphasis was placed on recent results and current techniques, with faculty members presenting and discussing their own research. Importantly, the course combined theory with practice; interactive practical sessions gave participants the chance to apply for themselves some of the innovative techniques described by the lecturers.
The workshop was advertised to African postgraduate students and early career researchers, with three places made available for students from the John Innes Centre. 107 applications were received, and 20 scientists were selected to participate in the course. The participants came from 14 different institutions located in 10 different countries.
To view/download the complete course report, please click here.