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  • Fondong given $1 million grant for cassava research

  • Dr. Vincent N. Fondong, a Delaware State University professor of biology, has been awarded a $1 million grant for cassava research to fight viruses that threaten that major food stable crop in parts of Africa and the Indian subcontinent.


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  • Dr. Vincent N. Fondong, a Delaware State University professor of biology, has been awarded a $1 million grant for cassava research to fight viruses that threaten that major food stable crop in parts of Africa and the Indian subcontinent.
    Fondong was awarded the three-year grant from a partnership between the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the National Science Foundation. His project relates to one of the primary aims of the Gates Foundation: enhance health care and reduce extreme poverty.
    Cassava produces edible tuberous roots and is the third-largest source of carbohydrates in the tropical regions of the world. It is part of the diet of around 500 million people worldwide. Cassava fields around the world are reduced by plant viruses such as the African cassava mosaic virus and the cassava brown streak virus.
    In this research project, Fondong will genetically engineer cassava for resistance to these viruses. His cassava research this summer took him to Cameroon and Uganda in west and east Africa.

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