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Dr. Maxwell Darko Asante

Institution: Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

Department: Crops Research Institute (CRI)




Dr. Maxwell Darko Asante

Dr. Maxwell Darko Asante is a Rice Breeder at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)-Crops Research Institute (CRI). He is Ghana’s representative on the African Rice Breeders’ Task Force. He has been the Principal Investigator for over 10 rice projects in Ghana. This includes projects funded by USAID, BMGF, AGRA and KAFACI. His has done research on the genetics and genetic variability of rice characteristics including grain quality and yield component traits, biotic stresses (rice yellow mottle virus, blast and false smut diseases) and abiotic stresses (anaerobic germination, drought and nitrogen use efficiency). He led the release of six lowland/irrigated varieties in 2017. Prior to this, he had been part of team that released eight rice varieties.


He is a Senior Lecturer in Plant Breeding and Genetics at the CSIR College of Science and Technology (CCST), Kumasi, Ghana, a Guest Lecturer at the Pan African University Life and Earth Sciences Institute (PAULESI), University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria and an Associate Faculty at the the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI), University of Ghana, Legon. He supervises post-graduate dissertations of students from these three universities and other universities in Ghana and abroad.


Dr. Asante obtained a B.Sc. (Agriculture) degree and a Diploma in Education from the University of Cape Coast in 1998. He also obtained an M.Sc. (Plant Breeding) from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi in 2004 and a Ph.D. (Plant Breeding) from the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI), University of Ghana, Legon in 2012.


Dr. Asante is a member of the Ghana Science Association and the current President of the CSIR-CRI, branch of the Research Staff Association of Ghana.

Maxwell is a well-travelled scientist who has attended conferences, workshops, and training programmes in many countries around the world. He has done research at advanced institutions including Cornell University and USDA-Dale Bumpers National Rice Research Centre in the USA as a visiting scientist.


He has authored and co-authored four book chapters, over 20 refereed journal articles and 20 other publications. He was adjudged the Best Scientist at CSIR-CRI in 2017 and Best Agricultural Researcher in Ghana for 2018.

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