Blessed Okole

Blessed Okole
South African Medical Research Council | MRC · GIPD

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A pool of 38 pan-African Canters of Excellence (CoEs) in health innovation has been selected and recognized by the African Network for Drugs and Diagnostics Innovation (ANDI), through a competitive criteria based process. The process identified a number of opportunities and challenges for health R&D and innovation in the continent: i) it provides a...
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Table S1. List of all donors mentioned in the applications received. Supplementary material represents all donors names retrieved from the 117 applications received for the identification of Center of Excellence. Donors are classified (ID) by number of appearance, which means the number of times a particular donor is mentioned or acknowledged as pr...
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Preparing students for future entrepreneurial activity in the biotechnology industry is an important issue in many parts of the world because most countries seek to reap the benefits of investments in university-based teaching and research through the development of a knowledge-based economy driven by a highly skilled work force 1,2. The current ge...
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There is a need to increase levels of production and marketing of African indigenous crops. Currently, most of the plants are used as feed, for traditional medicine, cosmetics, flavours, and ornamental purposes, with a small portion being used by the food and pharmaceutical industries. These plants can be further exploited to improve the economy of...
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Heat shock inhibits pathogen-induced resistance mechanisms in incompatible plant hosts, leaving them vulnerable to pathogen attack. Prior exposure of organisms to non-lethal heat induces heat shock proteins and acquired thermotolerance to otherwise lethal high temperatures. The phenylpropanoid pathway is a target of heat-related inhibition but it i...
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The current research activities at AECI for the production of fungal-resistant bananas and plantains are presented. Genetic transformation and mutation breeding, as nonconventional breeding tools for plant improvement, are outlined and selection in vitro against a fungal toxin isolated from Mycosphaerella fijiensis is presented in more detail. An o...
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Production of plants via in vitro micropropagation has developed into a multibillion market. This market is, however, mainly covered by small to medium-sized companies producing from thousand to several million plants and only a small number of companies are producing up to 20 to 30 million commodity-type plants mainly in the ornamental sector. Sin...
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Anin vitro selection system using microcross sections of banana and plantain cultivars belonging to AAA and AAB genomic groups were used to produce plants resistant against the Black Sigatoka disease. The fungus resistant plantlets were obtained in a double selection system. This involved in a first step the use of a fungal crude filtrate and in th...
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An in vitro selection system using micro-cross sections of banana and plantain cultivars belonging to AAA and AAB genomic groups were used to produce plants resistant against the Black Sigatoka disease. The fungus resistant plantlets were obtained in a double selection system. This involved in a first step the use of a fungal crude filtrate and in...
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Micro-cross sections of the banana cultivar ‘Williams’ (AAA genome) and two plantain cultivars ‘Horn’ plantain (AAB genome) and ‘Cachaco’ (ABB genome) were studied for adventitious shoot and callus formation. Micro-cross sections were derived from the lower to the upper leaf segments from plants of all the three genotypes. An average of 15 shoot bu...
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"D11"--T.p. verso. Thesis (doctoral)--Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 1995. Includes bibliographical references (p. 141-161).

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