The first cohort of the M. Phil (Plant Breeding and Biotechnology) students of the CSIR College of Science and Technology have successfully defended their theses. The five students, Mr. Maxwell Lamptey, Mr. Joseph Gyau, Nana Kwame Sakyi, Miss Agnes Achiaa Aboagye and Mr. Isaac Tawiah have been taken through the various breeding programmes at the CSIR-Crops Research Institute, Kumasi and were well supervised by senior members of the Institute.
Lecturers ensured that their training was very practical hence positioning them to become very astute plant breeders in the near future.
The students worked on the following topics:
- Genetic analysis of rice yellow mottle virus disease resistance in three rice crosses.
- Genetic enhancement of locally adapted common bean lines for high iron and zinc content.
- Diversity studies on yellow root cassava genotypes.
- Screening yam varieties for responsiveness to inducing flowering and enhancing hybridization.
- Evaluation of tomato genotypes for resistance to root-knot nematodes (Meloidogyne species)
Background to the College
The CSIR College of Science and Technology, simply referred to as CCST, is an institution birthed out of the research and development experiences of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (the CSIR). The College is accredited by the National Accreditation Board and affiliated to the University of Cape Coast.
The CCST is a Research College operating within the research facilities of the thirteen institutes of the CSIR. The College has available to it, the well-equipped, state-of-the-art laboratories, conference and seminar rooms, research stations throughout the country, and other facilities of the institutes by which to deliver its programmes. These facilities constitute a unique learning environment that provide students with opportunities for enquiry and effective learning through literature study, laboratory and field research as well as by hands-on, project approach to problem-solving.
The College is also endowed with experienced research scientists and technologists, most of whom are at the very top of their professional careers, and are widely renowned performers in their areas of specialization. It is from their wealth of practical professional experience that the faculty will impart to their students, the rich knowledge and skills they have gained over years of research practice.
The College currently runs the following practical-oriented cutting-edge postgraduate programmes:
- MPhil Aquaculture
- MSc/MPhil Climate Change and Integrated Natural Resources Management
- MPhil Fisheries
- MPhil Plant Breeding and Biotechnology
- MPhil Food Science and Technology
- MPhil Soil Health and Environmental Resources Management