Sequencing 100,000 Species to Secure Food Supplies

Published May 11, 2022

              • Few plant and animal species from Africa have been sequenced
              • An initiative that seeks to sequence 100,000 species requires US$1 billion to achieve its aims
              • The initiative could be key to breeding better varieties and treating diseases
              By John Agaba

              Collecting and storing genomic information of plants, animals and other species in Africa could safeguard biodiversity and enable breeders to produce resilient and sustainable food systems, biodiversity advocates say.