In September 2014, Jillian Lang (research associate, BSPM and graduate student, Cell and Molecular Biology) and Dr. Valérie Verdier (IRD and adjunct professor, CSU) traveled to Biosciences in eastern and central Africa (BecA) in Nairobi, Kenya to teach at a five day Molecular Diagnostics workshop. This capacity building activity was an outreach component of a proposal funded by both BecA and Sweden written by Dr. Jan Leach, Dr. Verdier, Ms. Lang, Dr. Timothy Holton and Dr. Appolinaire Djeking titled Adapting existing Xanthomonas oryzae diagnostics from genomic information. Attendees traveled from Uganda, Tanzania, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Ethiopia and within Kenya to learn basic principles of molecular diagnostics and gain hands on experience in performing sensitive detection assays with real agricultural samples such as cassava and sheep blood infected with viruses or bacteria. They applied their knowledge in hands on lab exercises in extracting DNA and RNA from these samples, preparing assays and analyzing results. Attendees work in both regulatory agencies, universities, extension offices and industry.