Modern biotechnologies have dramatically reshaped the crop improvement
research during the past decade. Biotechniques have become indispensable
for efficient and effective development of new knowledge, processes,
and products. IITA's biotechnology, strategized as three major themes―
genomics, transgenics, and diagnostics, is directed toward the genetic
improvement of staple food crops of Africa, such as cooking-banana,
plantain, cassava, yam, and cowpea. This section provides some insights and
progress in this program.