IITA Scientist elected to prestigious global science body

Leena Tripathi, a Principal Scientist with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the Deputy Director of IITA’s Eastern Africa hub has been elected as a fellow to the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Tripathi received this recognition because of her distinguished contribution to developing robust genetic transformation platforms for banana/plantain, cassava, enset, and yam and the application of genome editing technologies for banana/plantain and yam. Tripathi and her team in Nairobi, Kenya, are currently working on banana resistance to bacterial wilt and banana streak virus (BSV) using CRISPR, a genome editing tool.

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