The list of STMA-supported research publications from West Africa for the year 2019 is out

Posted on News, Press room, Published Journals, Research News, Seed System Publication, West Africa News, West Africa Publications, November 30, 2019

Melaku Gedil and Abebe Menkir. 2019. An Integrated Molecular and Conventional Breeding Scheme for Enhancing Genetic Gain in Maize in Africa. Published in Frontiers. Plant Sciences and accessible here

Adu, G. B., Badu-Apraku, B., Akromah, R., Garcia-Oliveira, A. L., Gedil, M., Awuku, F. J. 2019. Genetic diversity and population structure of early-maturing tropical maize inbred lines using SNP markers, published  in PloS ONE, volume 14, number 4 and accessible here  

Badu-Apraku, B., Talabi, A. O., Fakorede, M., Fasanmade, Y., Gedil, M., Magorokosho, C., Asiedu, R. 2019. Yield gains and associated changes in an early yellow bi-parental maize population following genomic selection for Striga resistance and drought tolerance, published in BMC Plant Biology, volume 19, number 129, and accessible here.

Bankole, F., Menkir, A., Olaoye , G.*, Olakojo, O.*, Gedil, M. 2019. Association studies between grain yield and agronomic traits of a MARS maize (Zea mays L.) population under drought and non-stress condition, published in Acta Agriculturae Slovenica, volume 114, and accessible here.

Kammo, E. Q., Suh, C., Mbong, G. A., Djomo, S. H., Chimi, N. L. L., Mbeungang, D. L., Mafouasson, H. A., Meseka, S. K. and Menkir, A. 2019. Biological versus chemical control of fall armyworm and Lepidoptera stem borers of maize (Zea mays), published in Agronomie Africaine, volume 31, number 2, and accessible here.

Kolawole, A. O., Menkir, A., Blay, E., Ofori, K. and Kling, J. G., 2019. Changes in heterosis of maize (Zea mays L.) varietal cross hybrids after four cycles of reciprocal recurrent selection, published in Cereal Research Communications, volume 47, number 1, and accessible here .

Sangare, A., Menkir, A., Ofori, K. and Gracen, V., 2019. Studies on estimation of heterosis for striga resistance in maize test crosses in Mali, published in Journal of Genetics, Genomics & Plant Breeding, volume 3, number 3, and accessible here

Akaogu, I. C., Badu-Apraku, B., Tongoona, P., Ceballos, H., Gracen, V. E., Offei, S. and Dzidzienyo, D. 2019. Inheritance of Striga hermonthica adaptive traits in an early-maturing white maize inbred line containing resistance genes from Zea diploperennis. published in Plant Breeding, and accessible here  

Annor, B., Badu-Apraku, B., Nyadanu, D., Akromah, R. and Fakorede, M. 2019. Testcross performance and combining ability of early maturing maize inbreds under multiple-stress environments, published in NATURE Scientific Reports, volume 9, and accessible here .

Nelimor, C., Badu-Apraku, B., Nguetta, S. P., Tetteh, A. Y. and Garcia-Oliveira, A. L. 2019. Phenotypic characterization of maize landraces from Sahel and Coastal west Africa reveals marked diversity and potential for genetic improvement, published in Journal of Crop Improvement, and accessible here .

Obeng-Bio, E., Badu-Apraku, B., Ifie, B. E., Danquah, A., Blay, E. and Annor, B. 2019. Genetic analysis of grain yield and agronomic traits of early provitamin A quality protein maize inbred lines in contrasting environments,  published in The Journal of Agricultural Science, and accessible here.

Nelimor, C., Badu-Apraku, B., Tetteh, A. Y.* and Nguetta, A. S. 2019. Assessment of genetic diversity for drought, heat and combined drought and heat stress tolerance in early maturing maize landraces, published in Plants, volume 8, and accessible here.

Badu-Apraku, B., Fakorede, M., Talabi, A. O., Oyekunle, M., Aderounmu, M., Lum, A. F., Ribeiro, P. F., Adu, G. B. and Toyinbo, J. O. 2019. Genetic studies of extra-early provitamin-A maize inbred lines and their hybrids in multiple environments, published in Crop Science, and accessible here.  

Badu-Apraku, B. and Akinwale, R. O. 2019. Biplot analysis of line X tester data of maize (Zea mays L.) inbred lines under stress and nonstress environments. Published in Cereal Research Communications, volume 47, number 3, and accessible here.

Oyinbo, O., Mbavai, J. J., Shitu, M. B., Kamara, A., Abdoulaye, T. and Ugbabe, O. O. 2019. Sustaining the beneficial effects of maize production in Nigeria: does adoption of short season maize varieties matter?  Published in Experimental Agriculture, and accessible here  

Kadjo, D., Ricker-Gilbert, J., Shively, G. and Abdoulaye, T. 2019. Food safety and adverse selection in rural maize markets. Published in Journal of Agricultural Economics, and accessible here .

Assfaw Wossen, T., Alene, A., Abdoulaye, T., Feleke, S. and Manyong, V. 2019. Agricultural technology adoption and household welfare: measurement and evidence, published in Food Policy, and accessible here  

The list of STMA-supported research publications from Eastern and Southern African region for the year 2019 is out

Posted on Eastern Africa Publications, Published Journals, Research Publication, Seed System Publication, Southern Africa Publications, November 17, 2019

The list of research publications supported by the STMA project for the year 2019 has been compiled. Breakthrough research findings cover adoption studies, evaluation of new maize breeding methodologies, identification of genetic markers for accelerated maize improvement for various stresses including maize lethal necrosis resistance, drought and heat tolerance,…

Amondo et al, 2019. Productivity and production risk effects of adopting drought-tolerant maize varieties in Zambia published in the International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management is accessible here

Awata et al, 2019. Maize lethal necrosis and the molecular basis of variability in concentrations of the causal viruses in co-infected maize plant, published in the Journal of General and Molecular Virology is accessible here

Awondo, S.N. et al, 2019. Multi-Site Bundling of Drought Tolerant Maize Varieties and Index Insurance, published in the Journal of Agricultural Economics is accessible here.

Buchaillot MB et al, 2019. Evaluating maize genotype performance under low nitrogen conditions using RGB UAV phenotyping techniques, published in Sensors. Accessible here

Chaikam V et al, 2019. Doubled haploid technology for line development in maize: technical advances and prospects, published in Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Accessible here.

Chaikam, V. et al, 2019. Genome-wide association study to identify genomic regions influencing spontaneous fertility in maize haploids, published in Euphytica, accessible here.  

Katengeza, S.P. et al, 2019. Adoption of Drought Tolerant Maize Varieties under Rainfall Stress in Malawi, published in the Journal of Agricultural Economics. Accessible here.  

Lunduka, R.W. et al, 2019. Impact of adoption of drought-tolerant maize varieties on total maize production in south Eastern Zimbabwe, published in the Climate and Development. Accessible here.  

Nair S et al, 2019. Genetic dissection of maternal influence on in vivo haploid induction in maize, published in The Crop Journal (in press)

Simtowe, F. et al, 2019. Impacts of drought-tolerant maize varieties on productivity, risk, and resource use: Evidence from Uganda, published in the Land Use Policy Journal. Accessible here.  

Simtowe, F. et al, 2019. Heterogeneous seed access and information exposure: implications for the adoption of drought-tolerant maize varieties in Uganda, published in the Agricultural and Food Economics Journal. Accessible here.  

Sitonik, C. et al, 2019. Published in Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Genetic architecture of maize chlorotic mottle virus and maize lethal necrosis through GWAS, linkage analysis and genomic prediction in tropical maize germplasm. Accessible here.

Tigist Mideksa Damesa et al, 2019. Comparison of weighted and unweighted stage-wise analysis for genome-wide association studies and genomic selection, to be published in Crop Science. The PhD dissertation is accessible here.

Wegary, D. et al, 2019. Molecular diversity and selective sweeps in maize inbred lines adapted to African highlands, published in Nature Scientific Reports. Accessible here.  

Wender et al 2019. Performance and Yield Stability of Maize Hybrids in Stress-prone Environments in Eastern Africa,  published in the Crop Journal. Accessible here.  

Not reported but published in 2018

Araus JL et al, 2018. Phenotyping: New Crop Breeding Frontier. In: R. A. Meyers (ed.), Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2018.

Das B et al, 2018. Identification of low N tolerant donors for maize breeding in sub-Saharan Africa. Published in Euphytica and accessible here.

Yuan Y et al., 2018. Genome-wide association mapping and genomic prediction analyses reveal the genetic architecture of grain yield and flowering time under drought and heat stress conditions in maize. Published in Frontiers in Plant Science and accessible here.

Maize Ear Digital Imaging for Yield Components Assessment

Posted on Published Journals, Research Publication, April 8, 2019

User friendly digital tool for faster data collection

In Sub-Saharan Africa, many food security programs aim to increase crop yields by developing and disseminating better seeds and agronomy to millions of smallholder farmers. In the case of maize, research and development organizations use key indicators like grain yield, or maize cob number and size to understand the performance of the maize plant under different environmental conditions. But these indicators are still labor-intensive and expensive to measure. CIMMYT has developed a digital imaging tool called Maize Ear Analyzer that collects maize cob and grain parameters 90% faster than traditional methods (Makanza et al, 2018). This imaging tool can be adapted to other crops.

Zelalem Bekeko, Chemeda Fininsa, Dagne Wegary, Temam Hussien, Shimelis Hussien and Belachew Asalf. 2018. Combining ability and nature of gene action in maize (Zea mays L) inbred lines for resistance to gray leaf spot disease (Cercospora zeae maydis) in Ethiopia.

Posted on Eastern Africa Publications, Published Journals, Research Publication, January 23, 2019

Crop Protection 112: 39–48. DOI: 10.1016/j.cropro.2018.05.010

Abstract: Ten elite maize inbred lines were selected based on all over per se performance and resistance to gray leaf spot (GLS) disease. 45 F1 single cross hybrids were evaluated with three replications compared to three commercial checks. All the necessary yield, agronomic and GLS disease data were recorded. In all the studied traits highly significant genotypic differences were observed indicating the existence of genetic variability among the crosses. Among all inbred lines, five were identified as promising sources for GLS disease resistance.  Analysis of epidemiological data and disease progress helped narrowing down to three populations that combine good yield, yield related traits and GLS disease resistance. Thus, these parents were recommended to be used in breeding programs and four potential high yielding and GLS resistant single cross hybrids were identified (CML-395/CML-383, CML-395/Sc-22, CML-395/CML-197 and CML-383/CML-197). Therefore, it is recommended that these hybrids can be used for direct production where this disease is the most prevalent and/or for further breeding programs in generating novel hybrids for future use.

Setimela P, Zaman-Allah MA, Gasura E, Cairns JE, Thierfelder T, Prasanna BM. 2018. When the going gets tough: performance of stress tolerant maize under conservation agriculture during the 2015/16 El Nino season in southern Africa.

Posted on Published Journals, Research News, Research Publication, Southern Africa Publications, January 23, 2019

Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 268, 79-89. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agee.2018.09.006

Abstract: The 2015/2016El Niño was the most severe on record in southern Africa and was associated with drought and heat stress. To help farmers to cope with such extreme production constraints the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT), has been developing multiple stress tolerant maize varieties through a rapid-cycle breeding strategy. These CIMMYT stress tolerant maize hybrids were evaluated using two types of trials. The first one comprised a regional on-farm trial with forty maize varieties (20 early-intermediate and 20 intermediate-late varieties), planted across 30 locations in four countries in southern Africa. The second set comprised a multi-locational evaluation trial with six hybrids that were tested under conventional ridge tillage (CP) and conservation agriculture (CA) using a randomized block design with each farm as replicate in nine extension planning areas (EPA), across two years. CIMMYT stress tolerant varieties outperformed non stress tolerant varieties. CZH142020 (5.6 t ha −1) and CZH131008 (4.8 t ha −1) had significantly higher yield advantage over commercial control varieties (<4.5 t ha −1) in both early and late maturity groups. They also had larger grains and smaller ear uniformity index (EUI) (calculated as among plots ear size variance); compared non-stress tolerant varieties. In the CA/CP evaluation trial, varieties under CA yielded ≥0.7 t ha-1 more grain compared to those under CP. Therefore, combinations of climate-smart agriculture technologies are required to mitigate negative effects of extreme events like El Niño and increase resilience of low-input farming systems.

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