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On June 23, 2016, WAVE-Côte d’Ivoire (WAVE-CI) has officially opened its

new center at the Pôle Scientifique et d’Innovation of Université Félix

Houphouët-Boigny, in Bingerville, Côte d’Ivoire.nChaired by the Minister of

Higher Education and the Scientific Research of Cote d’Ivoire,the opening

ceremony was an opportunity for WAVE-CI to introduce the program

and its goals to authorities and to the scientific community.

The Executive Director of WAVE, Dr. Justin PITA presentated the context of the

WAVE project and the main aim of the program.The WAVE aim is to contribute

to food security in Africa through the empowerment of small farmersand stakeholders

for better management of viral diseases of root and tuber crops, especially cassava.

 At the beginning of the program activities in March 2015, the WAVE program 

legacy consisted of a bulding with empty rooms that shelter today an auditorium for the

farmers training purpose and stakeholders, a meeting room, an open offices for 10 students

working offices , and two advanced laboratories dedicated to research on root and tuber

crops, a Molecular Biology laboratory and Plant Biotech laboratory.

 Both laboratories are the essential infrastructures of the WAVE program and are furnished new generation equipment that will be available for researchers from the country and the sub-region for advanced research in West Africa without having to go to Europe and USA The Molecular Biology Laboratory will allow pathogen detection and caracterization.It composed of two essential equipment : conventional PCR machine and Real Time PCR. Therefore, researchers can better identify and characterize pathogens (Viruses, bacteria, fungi) and better besign plan controls methods necessary to increase yields.

The Biotechnology Laboratory, its equipment allow to enable local and sub-regional scientists and to regenerate whole healthy plants (pathogens free) from meristems.This provides an opportunity for West African researchers to improve clean seed production systems and preserve the germplasm of important plants including food crops and (medicinal etc.) in vitro. Thereby, WAVE will provide to seed, producers and farmers with clean planting materials for their fields.

All authorities who assisted in the inauguration of the WAVE-CI Hub (policy makers and administrative authorities, diplomatic missions, investigators and scientific communities, journalists, etc.) were proud to see such program expressed being implementated by WAVE team in Côte d’Ivoire. This will surely improve and sustain cassava the production in Côte d'Ivoire and in Africa, a major national subsistence crop.