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Banana 21
Banana 21, a project led by the Queensland University of Technology and the Ugandan National Agricultural Research Organization, seeks to develop nutrient-enhanced bananas for Africa. This regionally important food crop is being improved to contain higher levels of beta-carotene as well as improved mineral content.

A systems-level analysis of drought and density response in the model C4 grass Setaria viridis
The Danforth Center heads a consortium of research institutions in developing Setaria viridis as a model system for studying genes controlling traits to improve grasses for biofuels uses. BRN is supporting the project by establishing parameters for the safe field testing of transgenic S. viridis, and assuring regulatory compliance during confined field tests of these plants.

Pod-borer Resistant Cowpea Project
The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), in collaboration with the Institute of Agricultural Research (IAR) in Nigeria, the Savannah Agricultural Research Institute (SARI) in Ghana, and L'Institut de l'Environnement et de Recherches Agricoles (INERA) in Burkina Faso is developing cowpea resistant to attack by the pod borer, Maruca-vitrata.  BRN is working with these institutes to obtain regulatory approval for this product, which will improve the availability of this important food crop for people in West Africa.