Keeping a banana menace on check

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Banana Xanthomonas Wilt (BXW), caused by the bacterium Xanthomonas campestris pv. musacearum (Xcm), is threatening banana production across the Great Lakes region of East and Central Africa. No banana cultivar has resistance to the disease, yet the people of this region are highly dependent on the crop for food security and income generation. In collaboration with national research and regulatory … Read More

Battling a dual threat on cassava

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Farming communities in East African have for many years relied on cassava as a food security crop. Increasingly, however, the role of the crop has broadened, as improved utilization and marketing have provided new opportunities for generating cash income. Pests and diseases threaten this progress. Although there is a great diversity of these biotic constraints, the most economically important are … Read More

Towards safer staples

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Aflatoxins are highly toxic chemicals that suppress the immune system, impede growth and development, and cause liver disease and even death. Children and the poor are usually the most affected. Because of these recognized health risks, aflatoxins are heavily regulated in international shipments. African nations are unable to realize the full potential of export of some agricultural commodities due to … Read More