, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp 523-524
Date: 10 Nov 2011

Agriculture: Africa’s ‘engine for growth’—Plant science and biotechnology hold the key, edited by Toby Bruce, Christine Foyer, Nigel Halford, Alfred Keys, Karl Kunert, David Lawlor, Martin Parry and Graham Russell

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Agriculture: Africa’s ‘engine for growth’ is Number 96 in the Aspects of Applied Biology series published by the AAB. It arose directly from a conference organised by Christine Foyer (Africa College, University of Leeds, UK) and Karl Kunert (FABI, University of Pretoria, RSA), held at Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, UK in October 2009.

Different parts of Africa have featured strongly in the news over the past few months. A few days before I received my review copy of this book, a completely new African country, the Republic of South Sudan had been formed. Over the same period, tens of thousands of refugees were fleeing from drought and famine in Somalia to find food and shelter in Kenya. The latter has slipped from the public gaze in recent weeks but from my contact with relief agencies I know that the exodus from Somalia continues. Meanwhile in north Africa, our TV news has been dominated by Libya as ‘rebels’ have gradually taken over the country and replaced the despotic dictatorship ...

John Bryant is co-author, with Steve Hughes, of the chapter on Vicia in Springer’s multi-volume treatise Wild Crop Relatives: Genomic and Breeding Resources