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About Prof Nagib Nassar

Nagib Nassar (76) Born in Egypt in 1938, graduated in Agronomy with Cairo University, 1958, and, Ph. D., Genetics with the University of Alexandria, 1972. He taught tropical crops with the Institute of African studies & research, Cairo University untill 1974. In the same year came to Brazil by the invitation of the Brazilian ministry of Foreign Relations where he began his work on conservation and manipulation of cassava genetic resources up to this date,  initially with the support of  IDRC(1975-1976), and later with the help of The Brazilian council  CNPq.

In addition to tropical crops, Nagib taught horticulture, evolution, biodiversity and plant breeding. He introduced courses of these disciplines  to the post graduate programs of the Federal University of Goias, Rio Grande do Sul, Rio de Janeiro, Vicosa, Brasilia and the Pan American Center CATIE. His work on the Conservation of crop genetic resources began early in the 1970s where few people have paid attention to this field. His work on conserving cassava genetic resources published at the Economic Botany is a landmark on this subject. The renomed Advanced of Agronomy has compiled his 25 years studies of cassava genetic resources in its publication of 1999, vol. 69..

Nassar and co-workers developed the first apomictic clone of cassava (Can J. Plant Sci., 1995, 1997), and later in Hereditas (2000, 2001). He produced the first interspecific hybrid of cassava having the double of protein content (Nassar & Dorea, Turrialba,1982) and first most productive cassava periclinal chimera(2013). In 2004, thirty years after providing IITA  by germplasm of  wild cassava , Twenty five years after providing the same institution by cassava inter-specific hybrids came the impressive Acknowledgement  "" Your work has contributed in feeding millions of Africa people and bringing Nigeria to the first ranking producer all over the world"" Says Rodomiro Ortiz, director of IITA that time in his Acknowledgement Beside cassava. The Canadian International Development Research Center (IDRC), commemorating 40 years of his activity reported 4 milion hectars in Congo and Nigeria area planted now by cultivars stem from hybrids he provided by him to IITA in decade 1970s that were manipulated and developed by its breeders, Nagib loves philosophy and drama literature and cites them frequently.  See more details in this link http://www.geneconserve.pro.br/appreciation.htm

 

 

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