BIOTECH CONSULTANT

I.                Background

 

The Global Biotech Potato Partnership (GBPP) project is using
genetic engineering of three late blight resistant genes, referred to 3 R-gene
stack to provides durable resistance to the disease for existing popular
varieties. The 3 R-gene late blight resistant (LBR) potato is intended to
directly increase crop yields and cut reliance on fungicides by up to 90%,
greatly reducing human and environmental health risks while providing a
resilient solution to the disease.

 

The LBR potato achieves inclusive and sustainable agriculture-led
growth by improving the lives of smallholder farmers, both women and men, through
improved crop yields, reduced fungicide input costs, and reduced exposure to
harmful chemicals. The project strengthens resilience among people and systems
through improved crop management from seed to post-harvest storage. In
addition, the health benefits of the LBR potato contribute to a well-nourished
population, especially among women and children. The targeted preferred
potatoes are table varieties, a key ingredient in economic daily family meal
plans.

 

II.              Objective

 

  • Molecular diagnostics of potato diseases.
  • Molecular characterization of transgenic events
    by PCR, RTq-PCR, Southern blot, sequencing and bioinformatics.

  • Validation of event specific detection in the
    field.

  • Perform bio-assays using artificial infection of
    potato plants with local strains in the biosafety glasshouse and other
    biosafety approved facilities.

  • P.infestans effector screening.

 

III.             Deliverables

 

  • Molecular diagnostics of potato diseases.
  • Molecular characterization of transgenic events.
  • Validation of event specific detection in the
    field.

  • Bio-assays using artificial
    infection of potato plants.

  • P.infestans effector screening.
  • Report writing and submission.

 

 


Requirements

IV.                Selection Criteria

 

  • BSc in Biology,
    Biotechnology or related field.

  • Biology with background in disease
    diagnostics.

  • At least one (1) year experience in Tissue
    culture preferably with roots, tubers or bananas.

  • Advanced written and
    oral communication skills in English.

V.              Time frame

 

  • Consultancy
    contract will be for a maximum of 60 days.

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