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The On-going Short course at The African Seed and Plant Health Centre (AfSPHC): 24 – 28 October 2016

Created on 27 October 2016

 The African Seed and Plant Health Centre (AfSPHC) which is located at Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), in conjunction with the Horticulture laboratories are hosting and facilitating the training on “Improving Crops Using Mutation Induction and Biotechnology through Farmer Participatory Approach” from 24 – 28 October 2016 in Morogoro, Tanzania.

The course and training has brought together a total of 25 participants from 19 African countries working on specific and important crop in their home countries to address the specific objectives of the RAF5076-003 Program for Improving Crops Using Mutation Induction and Biotechnology through Farmer Participation Approach (AFRA).


The training was supported by FAO/IAEA from Vienna Austria and number of topics have already been covered including the following:

  • Application of biotechnology and mutation inductions in crop improvement – tissue culture techniques for production of double haploids by anther culture techniques to fix mutants varieties.
  • Media preparations and utilization of plant tissue culture techniques in plant breeding and screening
  • Handling mutant populations and Phenotyping
  • Molecular genotyping of mutant populations
  • Gene discovery and molecular breeding for biotic and abiotic stresses in crops
  • Hands- on practical tools in molecular techniques for crop improvements
  • Molecular markers development and utilization
  • Isolation and characterization of genes involved in mutagenesis
  • Primer designing, generating molecular data for breeding scheme.

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About The African Seed and Plant Health Centre (AfSPHC)

The African Seed and Plant Health Centre (AfSPHC) offer cutting edge technology in research and human resource capacity building in seed health, seed technology and other biosciences to serve for the member states in Africa, Mauritius and Madagascar.

With its cutting edge, state-of-the-art training and laboratory facilities, the centre provides top-notch research as well as modern facilities for degrees and short course training in the seed health, seed technology molecular biology and other areas in biosciences.

The centre also forms a critical component of the seed health platform in Africa facilitating capacity building, movement of germplasm across Africa and globally.

The centre acts as diagnostic centre for seed borne diseases which is important for resource poor farmers in order to boost trade and combat crop losses associated with seed borne and seed transmitted pathogens across border and within countries.

To facilitate the mandates, the centre was established with fully state-of –the-art lecture rooms, laboratories, screen houses and office facilities.

For more Information, Please Contact;

Paul M. Kusolwa - PhD
Associate Professor - Horticulture & Biotechnology
Department of Crop Science and Horticulture
Sokoine University of Agriculture
P.O. Box 3005, Morogoro, Tanzania
Email: or
Office phone: +255 23 26 00574
Mobile phone:
+255785 116 669

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University wide  Website Committee (UWC) in its 11th meeting held on 7th March 2017 approved the results of ranking of university website for the College/School/Faculty/Department/Institute/Directorate and Centres website for the first quarter(January - March)  year 2017.

Congratulations to the following units for winning and being the best College/School/Faculty/Department/Institute/Directorate and Centres website for the first quarter year 2017.

1. Sokoine National Agricultural Library

2. College of Forestry, Wildlife and Tourism

3.College of Agriculture (CoA)



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