Boddupalli Prasanna, director of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center Global Maize Program in Nairobi, Kenya, will present a free seminar at West Virginia State University Nov. 1, at 1 p.m. in Hamblin Hall, room 107.
Prasanna will discuss "Germplasm Characterization and Molecular Breeding for Tropical Maize Improvement" at the seminar, which is open to the public.
Associate Professor of biology Umesh Reddy, along with WVSU associate research professor Padma Nimmakayala, traveled with a group of students to CIMMYT in Kenya for two weeks over the summer to study disease resistance in crops, changing climates and environmental conditions. This was part of a collaboration between WVSU and several non-profit agricultural research organizations in Asia, Africa and Mexico.
As the CIMMYT Global Maize Program Director, Prasanna leads a team of maize scientists focused on the development and dissemination of high-yielding, stress-resilient and nutritionally enriched maize cultivars. He works in close collaboration with an array of public and private institutions and has helped build partnerships with multinational companies for leveraging cutting-edge technologies for maize improvement.
Prasanna's current global maize program is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, whose primary goal is to enhance health care and reduce extreme poverty worldwide, as well as expand educational opportunities and access to information technology across the United States.