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The author is grateful to W. Gruissem and E. McCallum (ETH Zurich) for suggestions and comments on the manuscript and acknowledges N. Fedoroff (Penn State University), S. Kelemu (BecA) and D. Delmer for their support. Participating African scientists and institutions, C. Rey (University of Witwatersrand), L. Tripathi (IITA), J. Ndunguru (Mikocheni Agricultural Research Institute) as well as S. Bull (University of Bath) are acknowledged for their collaboration. Technology transfer activities were supported by ETH Zurich, a Swiss National Science Foundation grant (SNF IZ32Z0_125783), a Swiss South African Joint Research Programme grant (SMC JRP 08) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BioCassava Plus phase I).
The author declares no competing financial interests.
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Vanderschuren, H. Strengthening African R&D through effective transfer of tropical crop biotech to African institutions. Nat Biotechnol 30, 1170–1172 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1038/nbt.2405
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