Agrobiodiversity Research Director
Joe Tohme received a PhD in Crop Sciences
from Michigan State University. He is a plant geneticist at
the international Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), in
Colombia. He is currently the research director of CIAT
Agrobiodiversity teams that include the Genetic Resources,
biotechnology, bean, cassava, forages and rice programs. The
multidisciplinary teams are composed of international
recruited PhD and highly talented Colombian research
assistants working in breeding, genetics, molecular biology,
genetic transformation, pathology, entomology, physiology,
bioinformatics and seed systems.
In addition, Joe coordinates the biotechnology activities of HarvestPlus, an international, research program that seeks to reduce micronutrient malnutrition by harnessing the powers of agriculture and nutrition research to breed nutrient- dense staple foods. HarvestPlus is co organized by CIAT and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) based in Washington DC. He is the Co-chair with Claude Fauquet of the Global Cassava Partnership.
Joe Tohme’s research involves integrating genomics-molecular-assisted selection with breeding and germplasm conservation activities, setting up a NFS and SNP facilities, and conduct gene discovery for abiotic and nutritional traits.