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Claude Fauquet received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from University Louis Pasteur in Strasburg, France in 1974. Dr. Fauquet joined the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), as a plant virologist for 28 years, and served in Ivory Coast, West Africa for 14 years. In 1991, he co-founded the International Laboratory for Tropical Agricultural Biotechnology (ILTAB) at The Scripps Research Institute, California with Prof. Roger Beachy. ILTAB was hosted by the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St. Louis, MO, from 1999 to 2012. He also is a co-founder with Dr. Joe Tohme, of the Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century (GCP21) in 2002, which he is now directing and whose goal is to improve cassava worldwide. He published more than 300 research papers in reviewed journals and books. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, of the American Phytopathological Society and a member of the St Louis Academy of Sciences. In 2007, Dr. Fauquet was knighted “Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques” by the French Minister of High Education and Research.
CIAT 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.