Assessing effectiveness of macropropagation technology to produce healthy seedlings of banana varieties with high market demand in Eastern and Central provinces, Kenya

Banana is an important food and cash crop in Kenya. However, its cultivation is hindered by scarcity of seedlings, pests and diseases, among other factors. Naturally regenerated seedlings which most farmers rely on are likely to carry pests and diseases. On the other hand adoption of tissue culture has been hindered by high capital and skill requirements. This study is investigating an alternative cost effective propagation method. Macropropagation is an inexpensive technology that can produce large quantities of high quality seedlings. However, this technology has not been evaluated to demonstrate its effectiveness to produce healthy seedlings with regard to local genotypes, pests and pathogen populations in Kenya. This is the focus of this study.
La banane est un aliment important et une culture commerciale au Kenya. Toutefois, sa culture est entravée par la pénurie de semis, les parasites ravageurs et les maladies, parmi tant d’autres facteurs. Les semis régénérés naturellement sur lesquels comptent la plupart d’agriculteurs sont susceptibles de véhiculer des parasites et des maladies. D’autre part, l’adoption de la culture de tissus a été entravée par les exigences des capitaux élevés et des compétences. Cette étude est une enquête sur une méthode de propagation rentable alternative. La macropropagation est une technologie peu coûteuse qui peut produire de grandes quantités de semis de haute qualité. Toutefois, cette technologie n’a pas été évaluée pour démontrer son efficacité à produire des plants sains à l’égard de génotypes locaux, les ravageurs et les populations d’agents pathogènes au Kenya. C’est l’objet de cette étude.
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East Africa
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About the RUFORUM 2010 Biennal Conference
"The 2010 RUFORUM Biennial Conference was the second in the series. The main objective of the Biennial conferences is to provide a platform for agricultural research for development stakeholders in Africa and beyond to actively exchange findings and experiences, while at the same time learning lessons towards improving performance of the agricultural sector and ultimately people’s livelihoods. The biennial conference is RUFORUM’s most comprehensive meeting for the diversity of stakeholders in agriculture. It is especially dedicated to graduate students and their supervisors, grantees in RUFORUM member universities and alumni. It is a platform for peer review, quality control, mentorship, networking and shared learning. This record contains an extended abstract accepted under the theme of Plant Breeding"