Progress and planning meeting held for Bacterial Wilt Resistant Banana project

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Partners working on the Bacterial Wilt Resistant Banana project met in July 2012 in Kampala to review progress made and also plan for 2012 and 2013 activities. The project, which is a partnership between AATF, National Agricultural Research Organisation of Uganda and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture is developing banana varieties that are resistant to the banana bacterial wilt disease from East African farmer preferred germplasm.

During the meeting, scientists working on the project reported that their endeavors have generated several lines of the apple banana popularly known as sukali ndizi that have shown resistance to the disease after being inserted with two genes extracted from sweet pepper. The genes have been donated royalty-free for use in the project by Academia Sinica, Taiwan through negotiations by AATF. The lines are undergoing testing under confined field trials at the Kawanda research station in Uganda. The meeting was also attended by participants drawn from various research institutes involved in banana research in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda

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