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News Release 13-058

NSF Launches $10,000 BREAD Ideas Challenge

Researchers are asked to submit what they see as the greatest challenges facing small farmers and their families in developing nations who rely on their crops for their food and income

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Smallholder farm house surrounded by trees in rural Kenya

Smallholder farms, like this one in rural Kenya, may be no larger than community gardens, yet help support villages with a diverse arrangement of plants and animal life.

Credit: NSF/Jane Silverthorne

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International Livestock Research Institute microbiologist and director of ILRI's Livestock Vaccines Initiative, Vish Nene discusses his research into one of the big challenges facing smallholder farmers in the developing world: finding vaccines for livestock infected with East Coast fever.

Credit: NSF


Li Huang, a Montana State University geneticist and plant pathologist, discusses her BREAD-funded research, which involves inactivating rust resistance suppressors to unlock multiple defense responses in wheat.

Credit: NSF


University of Vermont agricultural research scientist John Barlow discusses his research on modern approaches for developing vaccines for critical bovine diseases impacting smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Credit: National Science Foundation


Biochemist Linda Hanley-Bowdoin of North Carolina State University discusses her BREAD research involving the functional analysis of DNA satellites associated with cassava mosaic disease.

Credit: National Science Foundation


Cornell University research geneticist Ed Buckler discusses his BREAD-sponsored research on next-generation genotyping for plant breeding efforts in Africa.

Credit: National Science Foundation