Joe Tohme

Joe Tohme

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.

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