CBSD in East Africa: The fight continues

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Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD) is a viral disease that rots cassava roots and renders them useless. Before the twenty-first century it was largely restricted to coastal Eastern Africa. However, in the early 2000s, new outbreaks were reported from mid-altitude areas (>1000 m above sea level) of south-central Uganda, western Kenya, and northwestern Tanzania, precipitated by huge increases in the … Read More

East African Highland Banana: Saving the future by understanding the past

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Banana (Musa spp.) is one of the world’s most popular fruits and a mainstay on the family table along with rice, wheat, and maize. Bananas produce few, if any, seeds and are instead vegetatively propagated by taking a part of the plant—an offshoot or a sucker—and sticking it into the ground to grow a genetically identical “copy” of the mother … Read More