Nagib Nassar graduated from Cairo University, Egypt, in 1958, and he received his Ph.D. degree in genetics from the University of Alexandria, Egypt. He taught tropical crops at the Institute of African Studies and Research, Cairo University, until 1974. In the same year, he went to Brazil via 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, he taught horticulture, evolution, genetics, and plant breeding. He introduced courses of these disciplines to the postgraduate programs of The Federal University of Goias, Rio Grande do Sul, Vicosa, Brasilia, Brazil, and the Pan American Center CATIE. His work on the conservation of crop genetic resources began early in the 1970s, when 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. Along with coworkers, he developed the first clone of cassava in the Canadian Journal of Plant Science (1995, 1997) and later in Hereditas (2000, 2001). He produced the first interspecific hybrid of cassava having double of the protein content (Nassar and Dorea, Turrialba,1982). In 2004, thirty years after providing IITA by germplasm of wild cassava and twenty-five years after providing the same institution by cassava interspecific hybrids, came the impressive acknowledgment. For further information you can check http://www.funpecrp.com.br/gmr/year2009/vol8-3//pdf/gmr660.pdf.
Biography Updated on 8 February 2012