I work on developing communication strategies for the SRI-Rice Center at Cornell University and on implementing knowledge-sharing efforts that serve global communities involved with the system of rice intensification (SRI) and conservation agriculture (CA). Specifically, I design and manage the SRI and CA websites and associated social media, facilitate links among international, national and topical SRI networks, and develop databases and platforms for sharing research related to SRI, CA and related systems of crop intensification.
In collaboration with the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP), this project has created a scientific panel to support activities that strengthen demographic training in Francophone Africa.
Through training in new research methods, this project helps to improve the research environment at IFORD, a regional demographic training institute in Cameroon.
This project examines how recent declines in fertility in several African countries may affect the schooling of children and the inequalities in schooling among children.
Led by Dr. Peter Gregory of Cornell University, an agricultural biotechnology strategy was developed for, and adopted by, the East and Central African region. This work was conducted under the auspices of the Cornell/USAID Agricultural Biotechnology Support Project II (ABSPII) in close collaboration with the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA) and their ten member countries. The strategy embraces both crops and livestock and includes a wide range of technologies.
The goal of this project is to lay grounds for transmission genetics in arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi (Glomeromycota). We use a cosmopolitan species Glomus etunicatum as a model. Our objectives are to investigate: (i) evolution of the ribosomal RNA genes, (ii) the reproductive mode, and (iii) the developmental patterns of spore formation. We discovered that (i) the polymorphism of rRNA genes in the G. etunicatum lineage is inconsistent with the concerted evolution model of rRNA, which is one of the paradigms of evolutionary biology, (ii) the population structure of G.