PEOPLE

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Dr. Paul Wilkin

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Prof. Pat Heslop-Harrison

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Prof. Sebsebe Demissew

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Prof. Kathy Willis

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Dr. Aaron Davis

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Dr. Trude Schwarzacher

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Dr. Mark Goodwin (1960-2018)

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Dr. James Borrell

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Dr. Manosh Biswas

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Dr. Wendawek Abebe

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Mr. Admas Berhanu

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Dr. Jaypal Darbar

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Dr. Mita Bagchi

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Gizachew Woldesenbet Nuraga

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Solomon Tamrat

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Addis Ababa University

Addis Ababa University provides capacity in biodiversity science, Ethiopian vegetation science and links to a network of partner Agricultural Research Centres, biodiversity collections, farmers, local, regional and national government bodies and Universities, germplasm and research sites in Ethiopia that are vital to the achievement of project objectives. Prof. Sebsebe Demissew from this university play the vital role to link up the others partners of this project in the Ethiopian side. His most important role is to form an effective interface between project research into the diversity of enset and its ecosystem services and Ethiopian Government policy in the light of the resource challenges and anthropogenic issues facing that country. He will thus be instrumental in achieving project outcomes and impact.

Ethiopian Biodiversity Institute

Ethiopian Biodiversity Institute (EBI) is the key organization in Ethiopia for ensure the appropriate Conservation and Utilization of the Ethiopians Biodiversity. This organization undertake study and research on the proper conservation of Ethiopia’s Biodiversity and associated indigenous knowledge; Establish participatory conservation mechanisms; Ensure fair and equitable Access and Benefit Sharing; Promote sustainable utilization of biodiversity for sustainable development. By 2023, EBI will be Center of Excellence in Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Use in Africa. Since 1998, the Institute was given a wider mandate of conservation and sustainable utilization of all forms of biological resources including plants, animals and microbial genetic resources as well as associated indigenous knowledge. Ecosystem management is also recognized as one of the areas to be given priority.

Hawassa University

Hawassa University (HU) is one of the best university of Ethiopia, established in 2000 at Hawassa City, Capital of the Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples Regional State in the Great Rift Valley. It has eight Colleges including Agriculture, Business and Economics, Education & Training, Forestry and Natural Resource Management, Law and Governance, Medicine & Health Sciences, Natural and computational Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities. In which runs over 70 undergraduate and over 90 graduate programs. This university is one of the research partner of the Ensete project.

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

RBG Kew offers world-class research expertise in plant taxonomy allied to specialist knowledge and research being undertaken on some of the world’s most important crop wild relatives. This research is underpinned by collections including 7 million herbarium specimens, 1.8 million fungarium specimens and 2 billion seeds For example, seeds of 20% of the world’s most critically endangered crop wild relative species are currently stored at Kew’s Millennium Seed bank. Kew currently has ~15 research projects in biodiverse LMIC/LDC countries in Africa including three Darwin grants and one Belmont grant addressing food security. The Jodrell Laboratory provides world-class plant genome size research facilities at RBG Kew, centred on three state-of-the-art flow cytometers, accompanying staff expertise and the plant DNA C-values database (http://data.kew.org/cvalues/). Kew has collaborated with Addis Ababa University for three decades, currently through projects on coffee, yams and Aloe. A joint Royal Society grant awarded in January 2016 funds knowledge exchange workshops on enset biodiversity.

Southern Agricultural Research Institute

The Southern Agricultural Research Institute (SARI) is a government research institution located at Southern Regional State of Ethiopia (SRSE). It was established for developing, adapting and promoting agricultural technologies to ensure food security and sustainable natural resources management. SARI usually coordinates agricultural and natural resources research being conducted by other institutions. There are six research centers under SARI those are located in different agro-ecologies and socio-cultures regions in Ethiopia. SARI proven its capacity in developing and disseminating natural resources and agricultural to improve livelihoods of the farming communities. SARI has strong collaborations with international research and donor organizations such as CIAT, CIMMYT, Centre for Development and Environment of Switzerland, McKnight Foundation, International Centre for Potato (CIP), Wageningen University and Research, Irish AID, Kew and University of Leicester.

University of Leicester

Molecular Cytogenetics Group belongs to the Department of Genetics and Genome Biology at University of Leicester. This is one of the famous research group on the genetics, they work on joint research projects with many countries, both for gaining applicable results and training or technology transfer, they have had people from 15 countries from four continents working together. They work on Sequencing of whole genomes to studying diversity of nuclear and organellar DNA; Discussing risk assessment; study genomes and evolution mechanisms to find, measure and exploit genetic variation in crops, farm animals, and their wild relatives; developing super domestication strategies to exploit biodiversity for sustainable agriculture Wheat with virus resistance identified in wheat breeding trials Diversity, wild genes and recombination in sheep landraces; analysis of repetitive DNA to understand chromosome organisation and function; new methods for biotechnology Food fraud and safety detection; work on hybrids and alien introgression with novel quality and disease resistance characters; they teach about genomes, crops, biodiversity, breeding and sustainable agriculture. this group involved to NGS sequencing of different Ensete spp, GBS for landrace diversity and population structure analysis, established sustainable tissue cultural system for Enset spp.

Wolkite University

Wolkite University (WkU) is a public university of Ethiopia established in 2011. WkU is one of the member of the Enset study project in the Global Research Challenge Fund among other local and international partnering institution. wkU has progressed well to register a remarkable achievements in academics and research. Today it has various post graduate programs in NaturalScience, Agriculture and Business and Economics track. WkU is aggressively working on research and community services lead by its philosophy of “conducting rigorous research contributing to overcome the societal bottlenecks”. Choosing biotechnology and indigenous knowledge as itscenter of excellence, various projects have been under study in a Multi-Inter-Trans disciplinary(MIT) approach. To help the institution undertake a focused research 12 priority areas have been identified, with 74 sub themes under them. The University allocates a considerable amount of money for internal fund every year the engagement of its academic staffs in conducting problemsolving researches. In addition, the institution is working with various other partners in mega projects focusing on Enset (False banana), Coffee arabica, and Integrated Water shed Management programs. Research collaboration with national and international institutions is one of the areas of focus to boost mutual benefit of the partners in science, while promoting cultural exchange, and inte grating the spirit of internationalization.