Biotechnology and plant breeding

McCouch, S., Navabi, K., Abberton, M., Anglin, N. L., Barbieri, R. L., Baum, M., Bett, K., Booker, H., Brown, G. L., Bryan, G. L., Cattivelli, L., Charest, D., Eversole, K., Freitas, M., Ghamkhar, K., Grattapaglia, D., Henry, R., Inglis, M. C. V., Islam, T., Kehel, Z., Kersey, P. J., Kresovich, S., Marden, E., Mayes, S., Ndjiondjop, M. N., Nguyen, H. T., Paiva, S., Papa, R., Philips, P. W. B., Rasheed, A., Richards, C., Rouard, M., Sampaio, M. J. A., Scholz, U., Shaw, P. D., Sherman, B., Staton, S. E., Stein, N., Svensson, J., Tester, M., Valls, J. F. M., Varshney, R. K., Visscher, S., Wettberg, E. V., Waugh, R., Wenzl, P. & Rieseberg, L. H (2020). Mobilizing crop biodiversity. Molecular plant, 13(10), 1341-1344. (ISSN: 1674-2052). Impact Factor: 12.084

Sugihara, Y., Darkwa, K., Yaegashi, H., Natsume, S., Shimizu, M., Abe, A., Hirabuchi, A., Ito, K., Oikawa, K., Tamiru-Oli, M., Ohta, A., Matsumoto, R., Agre, A. P., De Koeyer, D., Pachakkil, B., Yamanaka, S., Muranaka, S., Takagi, H., White, B., Asiedu, R., Innan, H., Asfaw, A., Adebola, P. O. & Terauchi, R(2020). Genome analyses reveal the hybrid origin of the staple crop white Guinea yam (Dioscorea rotundata). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 117(50), 31987- 31992. (ISSN: 0027-8424). Impact Factor: 9.412

Paliwal, R., Abberton, M., Faloye, B. & Oyatomi, O. (2020). Developing the role of legumes in West Africa under climate change. Current Opinion in Plant Biology, 56, 242-258. (ISSN: 1369-5266). Impact Factor: 8.356

Tripathi, L., Ntui, V. O., & Tripathi, J. N. (2020). CRISPR/Cas9-based genome editing of banana for disease resistance. Current Opinion in Plant Biology, 56, 118-126. (ISSN: 1369-5266). Impact Factor: 8.356

Obata, T., Klemens, P. A. W., Rosado-Souza, L., Schlereth, A., Gisel, A., Stavolone, L., Zierer, W., Morales, N., Mueller, L., Zeeman, S. C., Ludewig, F., Stitt, M., Sonnewald, U., Neuhaus, H. E. & Fernie, A. R. (2020). Metabolic profiles of six African cultivars of cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz) highlight bottlenecks of root yield. The Plant Journal, 1-18. (ISSN: 0960-7412). Impact Factor: 6.141

Price, E. J., Drapal, M., Perez-Fons, L., Amah, D., Bhattacharjee, R., Heider, B., Rouard, M., Swennen, R., Lopez-Lavalle, L. A. & Fraser, P. D. (2020). Metabolite database for root, tuber, and banana crops to facilitate modern breeding in understudied crops. The Plant Journal, 1-11. (ISSN: 0960-7412). Impact Factor: 6.141

Sonnewald, U., Fernie, A. R., Gruissem, W., Schlapfer, J., Anjanappa, R. B., Chang, S. H., Ludewig, F., Rascher, U., Muller, O., van Doorn, A. M., Rabbi, I. Y. & Zierer, W. (2020). The Cassava Source–Sink project: opportunities and challenges for crop improvement by metabolic engineering. Plant journal, 1-11. (ISSN: 0960- 7412). Impact Factor: 6.141

Jekayinoluwa, T., Tripathi, L., Tripathi, J. N., Ntui, V. O., Obiero, G., Muge, E., & Dale, J. (2020). RNAi technology for management of banana bunchy top disease. Food and Energy Security, 1-15. (ISSN: 2048-3694). Impact Factor: 5.242

Simonikova, D., Nemeckova, A., Cizkova, J., Brown, A., Swennen, R., Dolezel, J. & Hribova, E. Chromosome painting in cultivated bananas and their wild relatives (Musa spp.) reveals differences in chromosome structure International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 21(21): 7915, 2020. 1— 17. Online first (ISSN: 1422-0067) Impact Factor: 4.556

Boukar, O., Abberton, M., Oyatomi, O., Togola, A., Tripathi, L. & Fatokun, C. Introgression breeding in cowpea [Vigna unguiculata (L.) walp.] Frontiers in Plant Science, 11: 567425, 2020. 1— 11. (ISSN: 1664-462X) Impact Factor: 4.402

Jiwuba, L., Danquah, A., Asante, I., Blay, E., Onyeka, J., Danquah, E. & Egesi, C. Genotype by environment interaction on resistance to Publications 62 Annual Report 2020 cassava green mite associated traits and effects on yield performance of cassava genotypes in Nigeria. Frontiers in Plant Science. 11: 572200, 2020. 1— 13. (ISSN: 1664-462X) Impact Factor: 4.402

Komen, J., Tripathi, L., Mkoko, B., Ofosu, D. O., Oloka, H. & Wangari, D. Biosafety regulatory reviews and leeway to operate: case studies from sub-Sahara Africa. Frontiers in Plant Science. 11: 130, 2020. 1— 13. (ISSN: 1664- 462X) Impact Factor: 4.402

Mburu, H., Cortada-Gonzalez, L., Haukeland, S., Ronno, W., Nyongesa, M., Kinyua, Z., Bargul, J. L. & Coyne, D. Potato cyst nematodes: a new threat to potato production in east Africa Frontiers in Plant Science. 11: 670, 1— 13. (ISSN: 1664-462X) Impact Factor: 4.402

Menkir, A., Crossa, J., Meseka, S. K., Bossey, B., Muhyideen, O., Ribeiro, P. F., Coulibaly, M., Yacoubou, A. B., Olaoye, G. & Haruna, A. Stacking tolerance to drought and resistance to a parasitic weed in tropical hybrid maize for enhancing resilience to stress combinations. Frontiers in Plant Science. 11: 166, 2020. 1— 16. (ISSN: 1664-462X) Impact Factor: 4.402

Ochola, J., Cortada-Gonzalez, L., Nganga, M., Hassanali, A., Coyne, D. & Torto, B. Mediation of potato-potato cyst nematode, G. rostochiensis interaction by specific root exudate compounds. Frontiers in Plant Science. 11: 649, 2020. 1— 11. (ISSN: 1664-462X) Impact Factor: 4.402

Mwiinga, B., Sibiya, J., Kondwakwenda, A., Musvosvi, C. & Chigeza, G. Genotype x environment interaction analysis of soybean (Glycine max (L.) Merrill) grain yield across production environments in southern Africa. Field Crops Research. 256: 107922, 2020. 1— 7. (ISSN: 0378-4290) Impact Factor: 4.308

Orek, C., Gruissem, W., Ferguson, M. & Vanderschuren, H. Morpho-physiological and molecular evaluation of drought tolerance in cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz). Field Crops Research. 255: 107861, 2020. 1— 13. (ISSN: 0378-4290) Impact Factor: 4.308

Natural resource management

Couvreur, T. L., Dauby, G., Blach-Overgaard, A., Deblauwe, V., Dessein, S., Droissart, V., Hardy, O. J., Harris, D. J., Janssens, S. B., Ley, A. C., Mackinder, B. A., Sonke, B., Sosef, M. S., Stevart, T., Svenning, J. C., Wieringa, J. J., Faye, A., Missoup, A. D., Tolley, K. A., Nicolas, V., Ntie, S., Fluteau, F., Robin, C., Guillocheau, F., Barboni, D. & Sepulchre, P. (2020). Tectonics, climate and the diversification of the tropical African terrestrial flora and fauna. Biological Reviews, 1— 36. (ISSN: 1464-7931). Impact Factor: 10.701

Xing, Y., Nopsa, J., Andersen, K. F., AndradePiedra, J., Beed, F., Blomme, G., Carvajal-Yepes, M., Coyne, D., Cuellar, W., Forbes, G., Kreuze, J., Kroschel, J., Kumar, P. L., Legg, J., Parker, M., Schulte-Geldermann, E., Sharma, K. & Garrett, K(2020). Global cropland connectivity: A risk factor for invasion and saturation by emerging pathogens and pests. BioScience, 70(9), 744- 758. (ISSN: 0006-3568). Impact Factor: 8.282

Nakimbugwe, D., Ssepuuya, G., Male, D., Lutwama, V., Mukisa, I. M., & Fiaboe, K. K. M. (2020). Status of the regulatory environment for utilization of insects as food and feed in Sub-Saharan Africa-a review. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, 1-10. (ISSN: 1040- 8398). Impact Factor: 7.862

Scherer, L., Svenning, J. C., Huang, J., Seymour, C. L., Sandel, B., Mueller, N., Kummu, M., Bekunda, M., Bruelheide, H., Hochman, Z., Siebert, S., Rueda, O. & van Bodegom, P. M (2020). Global priorities of environmental issues to combat food insecurity and biodiversity loss. Science of the Total Environment, 730, 139096. 1-9. (ISSN: 0048-9697). Impact Factor: 6.551

Silatsa, F. B., Yemefack, M., Tabi, F. O., Heuvelink, G. B., & Leenaars, J. G. (2020). Assessing countrywide soil organic carbon stock using hybrid machine learning modelling and legacy soil data in Cameroon. Geoderma, 367, 114260. 1— 13. (ISSN: 0016-7061). ). Impact Factor: 4.848

Mweke, A., Akutse, K. S., Ulrichs, C., Fiaboe, K. K. M., Maniania, N. K., & Ekesi, S. (2020). Integrated management of Aphis craccivora in cowpea using intercropping and entomopathogenic fungi under field conditions. Journal of Fungi, 6:60. 1— 16. (ISSN: 2309-608X). Impact Factor: 4.621

Ssemwanga, M., Makule, E. & Kayondo, S. I. Performance analysis of an improved solar dryer integrated with multiple metallic solar concentrators for drying fruits Solar Energy. 204, 2020. 419— 428. (ISSN: 0038-092X) Impact Factor: 4.608

Rodenburg, J., Randrianjafizanaka, M. T., Buchi, L., Dieng, I., Andrianaivo, A. P., Ravaomanarivo, L. H. & Autfray, P. Mixed outcomes from conservation practices on soils and Strigaaffected yields of a low-input, rice-maize system in Madagascar. Agronomy for Sustainable Development. 40:8, 2020. 1— 11. (ISSN: 1774-0746) Impact Factor: 4.531

Beesigamukama, D., Muchoge, B., Korir, N., Fiaboe, K., Nakimbugwe, D., Khamis, F. M., Subramanian, S., Dubois, T., Musyoka, M. W., Ekesi, S., Kelemu, S. & Tanga, C. M. Exploring black soldier fly frass as novel fertilizer for improved growth, yield, and nitrogen use efficiency of maize under field conditions. Frontiers in Plant Science. 11: 574592, 2020. 1— 17. (ISSN: 1664-462X) Impact Factor: 4.402

Pena, R., Robbins, C., Corella, J. C., Thuita, M., Masso, C., Vanlauwe, B., Signarbieux, C., Rodriguez, A. & Sanders, I. R. Genetically different isolates of the Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus rhizophagus irregularis induce differential responses to stress in cassava. Frontiers in Plant Science. 11: 596929, 2020. 1— 14. (ISSN: 1664-462X) Impact Factor: 4.402

Momo, M. N., Beauvais, A., Tematio, P. & Yemefack, M. Differentiated Neogene bauxitization of volcanic rocks (western Cameroon): morpho-geological constraints on chemical erosion. Catena. 194: 104685, 1— 13. (ISSN: 0341-8162) Impact Factor: 4.333

Adiele, J. G., Schut, A. G. T., Van den Beuken, R. P. M., Ezul, K. S., Pypers, P., Ano, A. O., Egesi, C. & Giller, K. Towards closing cassava yield gap in west Africa: agronomic efficiency and storage root yield responses to NPK fertilizers. Field Crops Research. 253: 107820, 2020. 1— 11. (ISSN: 0378-4290) Impact Factor: 4.308

Mutuku, E. A., Roobroeck, D., Vanlauwe, B., Boeckx, P. & Cornelis, W. M. Maize production under combined Conservation Agriculture and Integrated Soil Fertility Management in the sub-humid and semi-arid regions of Kenya. Field Crops Research, 254: 107833, 2020. 1— 15. (ISSN: 0378-4290) Impact Factor: 4.308

Rusinamhodzi, L., Makumbi, D., Njeru, M. J. & Kanampiu, F. Performance of elite maize genotypes under selected sustainable intensification options in Kenya. Field Crops Research. 249: 107738, 1— 9. (ISSN: 0378-4290) 4.308

Tippe, D. E., Bastiaans, L., Van Ast, A., Dieng, I., Cissoko, M., Kayeke, J., Makokha, D. W. & Rodenburg, J. Fertilisers differentially affect facultative and obligate parasitic weeds of rice and only occasionally improve yields in infested fields. Field Crops Research. 254: 107845, 2020. 1— 13. (ISSN: 0378-4290) Impact Factor: 4.308

Sauvadet, M., Asare, R. & Isaac, M. E. Evolutionary distance explains shade tree selection in agroforestry systems. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment. 304: 107125, 2020. 1— 4. (ISSN: 0167-8809) Impact Factor: 4.241

Khamis, F. M., Ombura, F. L. O., Akutse, K. S., Subramanian, S., Mohamed, S., Fiaboe, K., Saijuntha, W., van Loon, J. J., Dicke, M., Dubois, T., Ekesi, S. & Tanga, C. M. Insights in the global genetics and gut microbiome of black soldier fly, Hermetia illucens: implications for animal feed safety control Frontiers in Microbiology. 11:1538, 2020. 1— 15. (ISSN: 1664-302X) Impact Factor: 4.236

Taffner, J., Laggner, O., Wolfgang, A., Coyne, D. & Berg, G. Exploring the microbiota of east African indigenous leafy greens for plant growth, health, and resilience. Frontiers in Microbiology. 11: 585690. 1— 15. (ISSN: 1664- 302X) Impact Factor: 4.236

Nutrition and human health

Udomkun, P., Romuli, S., Schock, S., Mahayothee, B., Sartas, M., Assfaw Wossen, T., Njukwe, E., Vanlauwe, B. & Muller, J. (2020). Review of solar dryers for agricultural products in Asia and Africa: An innovation 64 Annual Report 2020 landscape approach. Journal of Environmental management, 268, 110730. 1— 14. (ISSN: 0301- 4797). Impact Factor: 5.647

Udomkun, P., Tangsanthatkun, J. & Innawong, B. Influence of process parameters on the physico-chemical and microstructural properties of rice crackers: a case study of novel sprayfrying technique. Innovative Food Science and Emerging Technologies. 59: 102271, 2020. 1— 7. (ISSN: 1466-8564) Impact Factor: 4.477

Plant production/health

Islam, M. S., Callicott, K. A., Mutegi, C., Bandyopadhyay, R., & Cotty, P. J. (2020). Distribution of active ingredients of a commercial aflatoxin biocontrol product in naturally occurring fungal communities across Kenya. Microbial Biotechnology, 1-12. (ISSN: 1751-7907). Impact Factor: 5.328

P Ortega‐Beltran, A., Callicott, K. A., & Cotty, P. J. (2020). Founder events influence structures of Aspergillus flavus populations. Environmental microbiology, 22(8), 3522-3534. (ISSN: 1462- 2912). Impact Factor: 4.933

Aregbesola, O. Z., Legg, J., Lund, O., Sigsgaard, L., Sporleder, M., Carhuapoma, P. & Rapisarda, C. Life history and temperature-dependence of cassava-colonising populations of Bemisia tabaci. Journal of Pest Science, 2020. 1-17. Online first (ISSN: 1612-4758) Impact Factor: 4.578

Torkamaneh, D., Chalifour, F. P., Beauchamp, C. J., Agrama, H., Boahen, S., Maaroufi, H., Rajcan, I. & Belzile, F. Genome-wide association analyses reveal the genetic basis of biomass accumulation under symbiotic nitrogen fixation in African soybean. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. 133, 2020. 665— 676. (ISSN: 0040-5752) Impact Factor: 4.439

Ortega-Beltran, A. & Cotty, P. Influence of wounding and temperature on resistance of maize landraces from Mexico to aflatoxin contamination. Frontiers in Plant Science, 11: 572264, 2020. 1— 11. (ISSN: 1664-462X) Impact Factor: 4.402

Adnan, A. A., Diels, J., Jibrin, J. M., Kamara, A., Shaibu, A. S., Craufurd, P. & Menkir, A. CERESMaize model for simulating genotype-byenvironment interaction of maize and its stability in the dry and wet savannas of Nigeria. Field Crops Research. 253: 107826, 2020. 1-11. (ISSN: 0378-4290) Impact Factor: 4.308

Kaushal, M. Insights into microbially induced salt tolerance and endurance mechanisms (stem) in plants. Insights into microbially induced salt tolerance and endurance mechanisms (stem) in plants. Frontiers in Microbiology. 11: 1518, 2020. 1— 15. (ISSN: 1664-302X) Impact Factor: 4.236

Soni, P., Gangurde, S. S., Ortega-Beltran, A., Kumar, R., Parmar, S., Sudin, H. K., Lei, Y., Ni, X., Huai, D., Fountain, J. C., Njoroge, S., Mahuku, G., Radhakrishnan, T., Zhuang, W., Guo, B., Liao, B., Singam, P., Pandey, M. K., Bandyopadhyay, R. & Varshney, R. K. Functional biology and molecular mechanisms of host-pathogen interaction for aflatoxin contamination in groundnut (Arachis hypogaea L.) and maize (Zea mays L.) Frontiers in Microbiology, 11: 227, 2020. 1— 22. . (ISSN: 1664-302X) Impact Factor: 4.236

Social science and agribusiness

Kaminski, A. M., Kruijssen, F., Cole, S. M., Beveridge, M. C. M., Dawson, C., Mohan, C. V., Suri, S., Karim, M., Li Chen, Q., Phillips, M. J., Downing, W., Weirowski, F., Genschick, S., Tran, N., Rogers, W. & Little, D. C. (2020). A review of inclusive business models and their application in aquaculture development. Reviews in Aquaculture, 12(3), 1881- 1902. (ISSN: 1753-5123). Impact Factor: 7.772

Rakotovao, N. H., Chevallier, T., Chapuis-Lardy, L., Deffontaines, S., Mathe, S., Ramarofidy, M. A., … & Razafimbelo, T. M. (2021). Impacts on greenhouse gas balance and rural economy after agroecology development in Itasy Madagascar. Journal of Cleaner Production, :125220. 1-47. (ISSN: 0959- 6526). Impact Factor: 7.246

Kruseman, G., Mottaleb, K. A., Tesfaye, K., Bairagi, S., Robertson, R., Mandiaye, D., Frija, A., Gbegbelegbe, S., Alene, A. & Prager, S. D.(2020). Rural transformation and the future of cereal-based agrifood systems. Global Food Security, 26, 100441. 1-9. (ISSN: 2211-9124). Impact Factor: 6.034 Annual Report 2020 65

Manda, J., Khonje, M., Alene, A., Hirpa Tufa, A., Abdoulaye, T., Mutenje, M., Setimela, P. S. & Manyong, V. (2020). Does cooperative membership increase and accelerate agricultural technology adoption? Empirical evidence from Zambia. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 158, 120160. 1— 12. (ISSN: 2048-3694). Impact Factor: 5.846

van Wijk, M. T., Hammond, J., Gorman, L., Adams, S., Ayantunde, A. A., Baines, D., Bolliger, A., Bosire, C., Carpena, P., Chesterman, S., Chinyophiro, A. Daudi, H., Dontsop-Nguezet, P., Douxchamps, S., Emera, W., Fraval, S., Fonte, S., Hok, L., Kiara, H., Kihoro, E., Korir, H., Lamanna, C., Long, C. T. M., Manyawu, G., Mehrabi, Z., Mengistu, D. K., Mercado, L., Mesa, K., Mora V., Mutemi, J., Ngendo, M., Njingulula, P., Okafor, C., Pagella, T., Phengsavanh, P., Rao, J., Ritzema, R., Rosenstock, T. S., Skirrow, T., Steinke, J., Stirling, C., Suchini, J. G., Teufel, N., Thorne, P., Vanek, S., van Etten, J., Vanlauwe, B., Wichern, J. & Yameogo, V. (2020). The Rural Household Multiple Indicator Survey, data from 13,310 farm households in 21 countries. Scientific Data, 7: 46, 1— 9. (ISSN: 2052-4463). Impact Factor: 5.541

Ahimbisibwe, B. P., Morton, J. F., Feleke, S., Alene, A., Abdoulaye, T., Wellard, K., Mungatana, E., Bua, A., Asfaw, S. & Manyong, V. (2020). Household welfare impacts of an agricultural innovation platform in Uganda. Food and Energy Security, 9: e225. 1— 18. (ISSN: 2048-3694). Impact Factor: 5.242

Dontsop-Nguezet, P., Ainembabazi, J., Alene, A., Abdoulaye, T., Feleke, S., Nziguheba, G., Khonje, M., Mignouna, D. B., Okafor, C., Njukwe, E., van Asten, P., Mapatano, S., Vanlauwe, B. & Manyong, V. (2020). Are farmers using cropping system intensification technologies experiencing poverty reduction in the Great Lakes Region of Africa?. Food and Energy Security, 9(3), e205. 1— 19. (ISSN: 2048-3694). Impact Factor: 5.242

Manda, J., Alene, A. D., Tufa, A. H., Feleke, S., Abdoulaye, T., Omoigui, L. O., & Manyong, V. (2020). Market participation, household food security, and income: The case of cowpea producers in northern Nigeria. Food and Energy Security, 1— 17. (ISSN: 2048-3694). Impact Factor: 5.242


Biotechnology and plant breeding

Adu, G. B., Badu-Apraku, B., Akromah, R., Amegbor, I. K., Adogoba, D. S., Haruna, A., Manigben, K. A., Aboyadana, P. A.& Wiredu, A. (2021) Trait profile of maize varieties preferred by farmers and value chain actors in northern Ghana. Agronomy for Sustainable Development, 41. 1— 15. (ISSN: 1774-0746). Impact Factor: 5.832.

Alamu, E. O., Maziya-Dixon, B., Menkir, A., Adesokan, M. & Olaofe, O. (2021) Assessment of functional and pasting properties of fresh orange maize hybrids and open-pollinated varieties as influenced by genotype, harvesting time, and growing location. Frontiers in Nutrition, 8. 1— 10. Frontiers in Nutrition, 8. 1— 12. (ISSN: 2296-861X). Impact Factor: 6.576. Alamu, E. O., Maziya-Dixon, B., Menkir, A., Irondi, E. A.& Olaofe, O. (2021) Bioactive composition and free radical scavenging activity of fresh orange maize hybrids: impacts of genotype, maturity stages, and processing methods. Frontiers in Nutrition, 8. 1— 10. Frontiers in Nutrition, 8. 1— 12. (ISSN: 2296-861X). Impact Factor: 6.576.

Brotman, Y., Llorente-Wiegand, C., Oyong, G., Badoni, S., Misra, G., Anacleto, R., Parween, S., Pasion, E., Tiozon Jr., R. N., Anonuevo, J. J., deGuzman, M. K., Alseekh, S., Mbanjo, E., Boyd, L. A., Fernie, A. R. & Sreenivasula, N. (2021) The genetics underlying metabolic signatures in a brown rice diversity panel and their vital role in human nutrition. Plant Journal, . 1— 48. (ISSN: 0960-7412). Impact Factor: 6.486.

Azmach, G., Gedil, M., Spillane, C. & Menkir, A. (2021) Combining ability and heterosis for endosperm carotenoids and agronomic traits in tropical maize. Frontiers in Plant Science, 12. 1— 13. (ISSN: 1664-462X). Impact Factor: 5.754. 66 Annual Report 2020 Melandri, G., Sikirou, M., Arbelaez, J. D., Shittu, A., Semwal, V. K., Konate, K. A., Maji, A. T., Ngaujah, S. A., Akintayo, I., Govindaraj, V., Shi, Y., Agosto-Perez, F. J., Greenberg, A. J., Atlin, G., Ramaiah, V. & McCouch, S. (2021) Multiple small-effect alleles of Indica origin enhance high iron-associated stress tolerance in rice under field conditions in west Africa. Frontiers in Plant Science. 1— 15. (ISSN: 1664-462X). Impact Factor: 5.754.

Olanrewaju, O. S., Oyatomi, O., Babalola, O. O.& Abberton, M. (2021) Genetic diversity and environmental influence on growth and yield parameters of Bambara groundnut. Frontiers in Plant Science, 12. 1— 15. (ISSN: 1664-462X). Impact Factor: 5.754.

Ongom, P. O., Fatokun, C., Togola, A., Salvo, S., Oyebode, G. O., Ahmad, M. S., Jockson, I. D., Bala, G. & Boukar, O. (2021) Molecular fingerprinting and hybridity authentication in cowpea using single nucleotide polymorphism based kompetitive Allele-Specific PCR assay. Frontiers in Plant Science, 12. 1— 17. (ISSN: 1664-462X). Impact Factor: 5.754.

Ruscher, D., Garcia, J. M. C., Carluccio, A., Klemens, P. A. W., Gisel, A., Stavolone, L., Neuhaus, H. E., Ludewig, F., Sonnewald, U. & Zierer, W. (2021) Auxin signaling and vascular cambium formation enables storage metabolism in cassava tuberous roots. Journal of Experimental Botany. 1— 33. (ISSN: 0022- 0957). Impact Factor: 6.992.

Syombua, E. D., Zhang, Z., Tripathi, J., Ntui, V. O., Kang, M., George, O. O., Edward, N. K., Wang, B., Yang, B. & Tripathi, L. (2021) A CRISPR/ Cas9-based genome-editing system for yam (Dioscorea spp.). Plant Biotechnology Journal, 19. 645— 647. (ISSN: 1467-7644). Impact Factor: 9.803.

Tripathi, J., Ntui, V. O., Shah, T. & Tripathi, L. (2021) CRISPR/Cas9-mediated editing of DMR6 orthologue in banana (Musa spp.) confers enhanced resistance to bacterial disease. Plant Biotechnology Journal. 1— 3. (ISSN: 1467- 7644). Impact Factor: 9.803.

Tripathi, L., Ntui, V. O., Tripathi, J. & Kumar, P. L. (2021) Application of CRISPR/Cas for diagnosis and management of viral diseases of banana. Frontiers in Microbiology, 11. 1— 13. (ISSN: 1664-302X). Impact Factor: 5.640.

Uchendu, K., Njoku, D., Agre, A. P., Dzidzienyo, D., Tongoona, P., Offei, S.& Egesi, C. (2021) Genome-wide association study of root mealiness and other texture-associated traits in cassava. Frontiers in Plant Science, 12. 1— 16. (ISSN: 1664-462X). Impact Factor: 5.754.

Uwimana, B., Mwanje, G., Batte, M., Akech, V., Shah, T., Vuylsteke, M. & Swennen, R. (2021) Continuous mapping identifies Loci associated with weevil resistance [Cosmopolites sordidus (Germar)] in a triploid banana population. Frontiers in Plant Science, 12. 1— 14. (ISSN: 1664-462X). Impact Factor: 5.754.

Natural resource management

Asante, P. A., Rozendaal, D. M. A., Rahn, E., Zuidema, P. A., Quaye, A. K., Asare, R., Laderach, P. & Anten, N. P. R. (2021) Unravelling drivers of high variability of on-farm cocoa yields across environmental gradients in Ghana. Agricultural Systems, 193. 1— 10. (ISSN: 0308-521X). Impact Factor: 5.370.

Beesigamukama, D., Mochoge, B., Korir, N., Fiaboe, K., Nakimbugwe, D., Khamis, F. M., Subramanian, S., Wangu, M. M., Dubois, T., Ekesi, S. & Tanga, C. M. (2021) Low-cost technology for recycling agro-industrial waste into nutrientrich organic fertilizer using black soldier fly. Waste Management, 119. 183— 194. (ISSN: 0956-053X). Impact Factor: 7.145.

Burra, D. D., Pretty, J. N., Neuenschwander, P., Liu, Z., Zhu, Z. R.& Wyckhuys, K. A. G. (2021) Human health outcomes of a restored ecological balance in African agro-landscapes. Science of The Total Environment, 775. 1— 8. (ISSN: 0048-9697). Impact Factor: 7.963.

Couvreur, T. L., Dauby, G., Blach-Overgaard, A., Deblauwe, V., Dessein, S., Droissart, V., Hardy, O. J., Harris, D. J., Janssens, S., Ley, A. C., Mackinder, B. A., Sonke, B., Sosef, M. S., Stevart, T., Svenning, J. C., Wieringa, J. J., Faye, A., Missoup, A. D., Tolley, K. A., Nicolas, V., Ntie, S., Fluteau, F., Robin, C., Guillocheau, F., Barboni, D. & Sepulchre, P. (2021) Tectonics, climate and the diversification of the tropical African terrestrial flora and fauna. Biological Reviews, 96. 16— 51. (ISSN: 1464-7931). Impact Factor: 12.820. Annual Report 2020 67

Doetterl, S., Asifiwe, R. K., Baert, G., Bamba, F., Bauters, M., Boeckx, P., Bukombe, B., Cadisch, G., Cooper, M., Cizungu-Ntaboba, L., Hoyt, A., Kabaseke, C., Kalbitz, K., Kidinda, L., Maier, A., Mainka, M., Mayrock, J., Muhindo, D., Mujinya, B. B., Mukotanyi, S. M., Nabahungu, N. L., Reichenbach, M., Rewald, B., Six, J., Stegmann, A., Summerauer, L., Unseld, R., Vanlauwe, B., Van N Oost, K., Verheyen, K., Vogel, C., Wilken, F. & Fiener, P. (2021) Organic matter cycling along geochemical, geomorphic and disturbance gradients in forests and cropland of the African Tropics – project TropSOC database version 1.0. Earth System Science Data, 13. 1— 22. (ISSN: 1866-3508). Impact Factor: 11.333.

Droissart, V., Azandi, L., Onguene, E. R., Savignac, M., Smith, T. B. & Deblauwe, V. (2021) PICT: A low-cost, modular, open-source camera trap system to study plant-insect interactions. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 12. 1389— 1396. (ISSN: 2041-210X). Impact Factor: 7.781.

Gweyi-Onyango, J., Ntinyari, W., Egesa, A. O., Mose, R., Njinju, S., Giweta, M. & Masso, C. (2021) Differences in seasons and rice varieties provide opportunities for improving nitrogen use efficiency and management in irrigated rice in Kenya. Environmental Research Letters, 16. 1— 16. (ISSN: 1748-9326). Impact Factor: 6.800.

Komarek, A. M., Rahman, N. A., Bandyopadhyay, A., Kizito, F., Koo, J. & Addah, W. (2021) Tradeoffs and synergies associated with maize leaf stripping within crop-livestock systems in northern Ghana. Agricultural Systems, 193. 1— 13. (ISSN: 0308-521X). Impact Factor: 5.370.

Manners, R., Vandamme, E., Adewopo, J., Thornton, P., Friedmann, M., Carpentier, S. C., Ezui, K. S.& Thiele, G. (2021) Suitability of root, tuber, and banana crops in central Africa can be favoured under future climates. Agricultural Systems, 193. 1— 15. (ISSN: 0308-521X). Impact Factor: 5.370.

Marinus, W., Descheemaeker, K., van de Ven, G. W., Waswa, W., Mukalama, J., Vanlauwe, B. & Giller, K. (2021) “That is my farm” – an integrated co-learning approach for wholefarm sustainable intensification in smallholder farming. Agricultural Systems, 188. 1— 13. (ISSN: 0308-521X). Impact Factor: 5.370.

Matsumoto, R., Ishikawa, H., Asfaw, A. & Asiedu, R. (2021) Low soil nutrient tolerance and mineral fertilizer response in White Guinea Yam (Dioscorea rotundata) genotypes. Frontiers in Plant Science, 12. 1— 10. (ISSN: 1664-462X). Impact Factor: 5.754.

Moreno-Cadena, L. P., Hoogenboom, G., Cock, J. H., Ramirez-Villegas, J., Pypers, P., Kreye, C., Tariku, M., Ezui, K. S., Lopez-Lavalle, L. A. & Asseng, S. (2021) Modeling growth, development and yield of cassava: a review. Field Crops Research, 267. 1— 13. (ISSN: 0378- 4290). Impact Factor: 5.224.

Mutuku, E. A., Vanlauwe, B., Roobroeck, D. & Boeckx, P. (2021) Visual soil examination and evaluation in the sub-humid and semi-arid regions of Kenya. Soil & Tillage Research, 213. 1— 17. (ISSN: 0167-1987). Impact Factor: 5.374.

Nwokoro, C. C., Kreye, C., Necpalova, M., Adeyemi, O., Busari, M., Tariku, M., Tokula, M., Olowokere, F., Pypers, P., Hauser, S. & Six, J. (2021) Developing recommendations for increased productivity in cassava-maize intercropping systems in southern Nigeria. Field Crops Research, 272. 1— 12. (ISSN: 0378- 4290). Impact Factor: 5.224.

Onasanya, O., Hauser, S., Necpalova, M., Salako, F. K., Kreye, C., Tariku, M., Six, J. & Pypers, P. (2021) On-farm assessment of cassava root yield response to tillage, plant density, weed control and fertilizer application in southwestern Nigeria. Field Crops Research, 262. 1— 9. (ISSN: 0378-4290). Impact Factor: 5.224.

Rejou-Mechain, M., Mortier, F., Bastin, J. F., Cornu, G., Barbier, N., Bayol, N., Benedet, F., Bry, X., Dauby, G., Deblauwe, V., Doucet, J. L., Doumenge, C., Fayolle, A., Garcia, C., Lubamba, J. P. K., Loumeto, J. J., Ngomanda, A., Ploton, P., Sonke, B., Trottier, C., Vimal, R., Yongo, O., Pelissier, R. & Gourlet-Fleury, S. (2021) Unveiling African rainforest composition and vulnerability to global change. Nature, 593. 90— 94. (ISSN: 0028-0836). Impact Factor: 49.962.

Roobroeck, D., Palm, C. A., Nziguheba, G., Weil, R. & Vanlauwe, B. (2021) Assessing and understanding non-responsiveness of maize and soybean to fertilizer applications in African smallholder farms. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 305. 1— 13. (ISSN: 0167-8809). Impact Factor: 5.567.

Saito, K., Six, J., Komatsu, S., Snapp, S., Rosenstock, T. S., Arouna, A., Cole, S. M., Taulya, G. & Vanlauwe, B. (2021) Agronomic gain: definition, approach, and application. Field Crops Research, 270. 1— 1. (ISSN: 0378-4290). Impact Factor: 5.224.

Schader, C., Heidenreich, A., Kadzere, I., Egyir, I., Muriuki, A., Bandanaa, H., Clottey, J., Ndungu, J., Grovermann, C., Lazzarini, G., Blockeel, J., Borgemeister, C., Muller, A., Kabi, F., Fiaboe, K., Adamtey, N., Huber, B., Niggli, U. & Stolze, M. (2021) How is organic farming performing agronomically and economically in sub-Saharan Africa? Global Environmental Change, 70. 1— 13. (ISSN: 0959-3780). Impact Factor: 9.523.

Senthilkumar, K., Sillo, F. S., Rodenburg, J., Dimkpa, C., Saito, K., Dieng, I. & Bindraban, P. (2021) Rice yield and economic response to micronutrient application in Tanzania. Field Crops Research, 270. 1— 11. (ISSN: 0378-4290). Impact Factor: 5.224.

Summerauer, L., Baumann, P., Ramirez-Lopez, L., Barthel, M., Bauters, M., Bukombe, B., Reichenbach, M., Boeckx, P., Kearsley, E., Van Oost, K., Vanlauwe, B., Chiragaga, D., Heri-Kazi, A., Moonen, P., Sila, A., Shepherd, K., Mujinya, B. B., Van Ranst, E., Baert, G., Doetterl, S. & Six, J. (2021) The central African soil spectral library: a new soil infrared repository and a geographical prediction analysis. Soil, 7. 693— 715. (ISSN: 2199-3971). Impact Factor: 5.841.


Nutrition and human health

Akinsola, O., Alamu, E. O., Otegbayo, B., Menkir, A. & Maziya-Dixon, B. (2021) Nutritional properties of ogi powder and sensory perception of ogi porridge made from synthetic provitamin: A maize genotype. Frontiers in Nutrition, 8. 1— 12. (ISSN: 2296-861X). Impact Factor: 6.576.

Okwuonu, I. C., Narayanan, N. N., Egesi, C. & Taylor, N. (2021) Opportunities and challenges for biofortification of cassava to address iron and zinc deficiency in Nigeria. Global Food Security, 28. 1— 9. (ISSN: 2211-9124). Impact Factor: 7.772.

Plant production/health

Adenitan, A. A., Awoyale, W., Akinwande, B., Maziya-Dixon, B. & Michael, S. (2021) Mycotoxin profiles of solar tent-dried and open sun-dried plantain chips. Food control, 119. 1— 7. (ISSN: 0956-7135). Impact Factor: 5.548.

Ano, C. U., Ochwo-Ssemakula, M., Ibanda, A., Ozimati, A., Gibson, P., Onyeka, J., Njoku, D., Egesi, C. & Kawuki, R. S.(2021) Cassava Brown Streak Disease response and association with agronomic traits in elite Nigerian cassava cultivars. Frontiers in Plant Science, 12. 1— 15. (ISSN: 1664-462X). Impact Factor: 5.754. Kaushal, M., Mahuku, G. & Swennen, R. (2021) Comparative transcriptome and expression profiling of resistant and susceptible banana cultivars during infection by Fusarium oxysporum. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 22. 1— 29. (ISSN: 1422-0067). Impact Factor: 5.924.

Kidane, S., Haukeland, S., Meressa, B. H., Hvoslef-Eide, A. K. & Coyne, D. (2021) Planting material of enset (Ensete ventricosum), a key food security crop in southwest Ethiopia, is a key element in the dissemination of plantparasitic nematode infection. Frontiers in Plant Science, 12. 1— 6. (ISSN: 1664-462X). Impact Factor: 5.754.

Magara, H. J. O., Niassy, S., Ayieko, M. A., Mukundamago, M., Egonyu, J. P., Tanga, C. M., Kimathi, E. K., Ongere, J. O., Fiaboe, K., Hugel, S., Orinda, M. A., Roos, N. & Ekesi, S. (2021) Edible crickets (Orthoptera) around the world: Annual Report 2020 69 distribution, nutritional value, and other benefits – a review. Frontiers in Nutrition, 7. 1— 24. Frontiers in Nutrition, 8. 1— 12. (ISSN: 2296- 861X). Impact Factor: 6.576.

Ntui, V. O., Uyoh, E. A., Ita, E. E., Markson, A. A. A., Tripathi, J., Okon, N. I., Akpan, M. O., Phillip, J. O., Brisibe, E. A., Tripathi, L. & Ene-Obong, E. O. E. (2021) Strategies to combat the problem of yam anthracnose disease: status and prospects. Molecular Plant Pathology, 22. 1302— 1314. (ISSN: 1464-6722). Impact Factor: 5.663. Ortega-Beltran, A. & Bandyopadhyay, R. (2021) Contributions of integrated aflatoxin management strategies to achieve the sustainable development goals in various African countries. Global Food Security, 30. 1— 13. (ISSN: 2211-9124). Impact Factor: 7.772. Ortega-Beltran, A., Kaptoge, L., Senghor, A. L., Aikore, M. O. S., Jarju, P., Momanyi, H., Konlambigue, M., Falade, T. D. O. & Bandyopadhyay, R. (2021) Can it be all more simple? Manufacturing aflatoxin biocontrol products using dry spores of atoxigenic isolates of Aspergillus flavus as active ingredients. Microbial Biotechnology. 1— 14. (ISSN: 1751-7915). Impact Factor: 5.813.

Price, J. A., Coyne, D., Blok, V. C. & Jones, J. T. (2021) Potato cyst nematodes Globodera rostochiensis and G. pallida. Molecular Plant Pathology, . 1— 13. (ISSN: 1464-6722). Impact Factor: 5.663.

Shara, S., Swennen, R., Deckers, J., Weldesenbet, F., Vercammen, L., Eshetu, F., Woldeyes, F., Blomme, G., Merckx, R. & Vancampenhout, K. (2021) Altitude and management affect soil fertility, leaf nutrient status and Xanthomonas wilt prevalence in enset gardens. Soil, 7. 1— 14. (ISSN: 2199-3971). Impact Factor: 5.841.

Shumo, M., Khamis, F. M., Ombura, F. L. O., Tanga, C. M., Fiaboe, K., Subramanian, S., Ekesi, S., Schluter, O. K. & Borgemeister, C. (2021) A molecular survey of bacterial species in the guts of black soldier fly larvae (Hermetia illucens) reared on two urban organic waste streams in Kenya. Frontiers in Microbiology, 12. 1— 15. (ISSN: 1664-302X). Impact Factor: 5.640.

Srinivasan, R., Tamo, M. & Malini, P. (2021) Emergence of Maruca vitrata as a major pest of food legumes and evolution of management practices in Asia and Africa. Annual Review of Entomology, 66. 141— 161. (ISSN: 0066-4170). Impact Factor: 19.686.

Venegas, R. A. P., Lee, S. J., Thuita, M., Mlay, P. D., Masso, C., Vanlauwe, B., Rodriguez, A.& Sanders, I. R. (2021) The phosphate inhibition paradigm: host and fungal genotypes determine arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal colonization and responsiveness to inoculation in cassava with increasing phosphorus supply. Frontiers in Plant Science, 12. 1— 11. (ISSN: 1664-462X). Impact Factor: 5.754

Social science and agribusiness

Ayompe, L. M., Schaafsma, M. & Egoh, B. N. (2021) Towards sustainable palm oil production: the positive and negative impacts on ecosystem services and human wellbeing. Journal of Cleaner Production, 278. 1— 11. (ISSN: 0959-6526). Impact Factor: 7.246.

Dompreh, E. B., Asare, R. & Gasparatos, A. (2021) Stakeholder perceptions about the drivers, impacts and barriers of certification in the Ghanaian cocoa and oil palm sectors. Sustainability Science, . 1— 22. (ISSN: 1862- 4065). Impact Factor: 6.367.

Dompreh, E. B., Asare, R. & Gasparatos, A. (2021) Sustainable but hungry? Food security outcomes of certification for cocoa and oil palm smallholders in Ghana. Environmental Research Letters, 16. 1— 18. (ISSN: 1748-9326). Impact Factor: 6.800.