• MLN Screening facility, Naivasha, Kenya - 2016
  • MLN Screening facility, Naivasha, Kenya -2019
  • IMIC Partners participating in MLN field day - 2019
  • Global Leadership team - Limagrain seeds company visiting MLN screening facility - 2019
  • Dr.BÄNZIGER, Marianne and the team visit to MLN Screening facility, Naivasha, Kenya
  • MLN Diagnostics & Mgt and MLN Epidemiology projects meeting, Nairobi, Kenya -2019
  • EAC-CIMMYT meeting on MLN in Nairobi, Kenya, 2018
  • IMIC field day 2022
  • AGG Field Day 2022
  • PHI Inception meeting - 2022 at Nairobi, Kenya
  • Training to KALRO Seed production Managers, Breeders and Staff on MLN disease-free seed production

Latest Updates

  • African Researchers Team Up To Control Pests And Diseases

    By Wangari Ndirangu (11th Nov 2022): Scientists from the East and South African region have mooted a collaborative approach to contain the challenges posed by pests and diseases in food production. The experts who are working on an Integrated Pest and Disease Management packages to address the recent invasion of Fall Army Worms (FAW) menace called on the need to develop and scale up proper technologies to assist farmers avert losses. Scientists from the East and South African region during a workshop at the World Agroforestry Centre on Maize Integrated Pest and Disease Management packages. The Scientists under the Plant Health Initiative have been working on eco-friendly pest management technology to tame the spread of fall armyworm such as combined approaches like the use of resistant varieties, bio pesticides and related biological control methods that are affordable and environmentally friendly. Speaking during a workshop on maize Integrated Pest and Disease Management (IPDM), Dr. ...

  • AGG-Maize project registers impressive progress

    Achievements and next steps discussed at the review meeting in Nairobi, Kenya. October 4, 2022 Participants of the AGG Maize Mid-Term Review and Planning Meeting at CIMMYT’s Maize Lethal Necrosis Screening Facility in Naivasha, Kenya. (Photo: Dokta Jonte Photography) By Susan Otieno: The Accelerating Genetic Gains in Maize and Wheat (AGG) Project, which is halfway through its implementation, continues to register impressive achievements. At a meeting focusing on the project’s Maize component, held in Nairobi during July 25-28, B.M. Prasanna, Director of the Global Maize Program at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), highlighted the project’s major achievements in the opening session. “One of the most important achievements of this project is increasing use of powerful tools and technologies to increase genetic gains in maize breeding pipelines in Africa,” said Prasanna. He noted that the AGG partners are showing keen interest in doubled haploid-based maize breeding. Prasanna pointed out that currently work is ongoing to ...

  • Screening cycle for deadly MLN virus set to begin in Kenya during October 2022

    By Dr. Sures,L.M.:  The maize lethal necrosis (MLN) artificial inoculation screening site in Naivasha, Kenya will begin its next phenotyping (screening/ indexing) cycle 2022 at the beginning of October 2022, interested organizations from both the private and public sectors are invited to send maize germplasm for screening. In 2013, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and the Kenya Agricultural & Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) jointly established the MLN screening facility at the KALRO Naivasha research station in Kenya’s Rift Valley with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture. MLN was first discovered in Kenya in 2011 and quickly spread to other parts of eastern Africa; the disease causes premature plant death and unfilled, poorly formed maize cobs, and can lead to up to 100 percent yield loss in farmers’ fields. CIMMYT and its partners are dedicated to stopping the spread of this deadly maize disease by effectively managing the risk of ...

  • Screening cycle for deadly MLN virus set to begin in Kenya during April 2022

    By Dr. Suresh,L.M. (2nd,March, 2022):  The maize lethal necrosis (MLN) artificial inoculation screening site in Naivasha, Kenya will begin its phenotyping (screening/ indexing) cycle of 2022 at the beginning of April 2022 and in other four intervals, interested organizations from both the private and public sectors are invited to send maize germplasm for screening. In 2013, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and the Kenya Agricultural & Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) jointly established the MLN screening facility at the KALRO Naivasha research station in Kenya’s Rift Valley with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture. MLN was first discovered in Kenya in 2011 and quickly spread to other parts of eastern Africa; the disease causes premature plant death and unfilled, poorly formed maize cobs, and can lead to up to 100 percent yield loss in farmers’ fields. CIMMYT and partners are dedicated to stopping the spread of this deadly maize disease ...

  • Screening cycle for deadly MLN virus set to begin in Kenya during January 2022

    By Dr. Suresh, L.M.: The maize lethal necrosis (MLN) artificial inoculation screening site in Naivasha, Kenya will begin its phenotyping (screening/ indexing) cycle of 2022 at the beginning of January 2022 and in other four intervals, interested organizations from both the private and public sectors are invited to send maize germplasm for screening. In 2013, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and the Kenya Agricultural & Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) jointly established the MLN screening facility at the KALRO Naivasha research station in Kenya’s Rift Valley with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture. MLN was first discovered in Kenya in 2011 and quickly spread to other parts of eastern Africa; the disease causes premature plant death and unfilled, poorly formed maize cobs, and can lead to up to 100 percent yield loss in farmers’ fields. CIMMYT and partners are dedicated to stopping the spread of this deadly maize disease by ...

  • Visit of partners, farmers and key stakeholders to MLN screening facility, Naivasha, Kenya

    a). County extension officers and lead farmers visit the regional MLN screening unit at Naivasha: Fourty county extension officers and lead farmers from Uasin Gishu county and Tana River county and 5 KALRO facilitators visited the MLN screening unit at Naivasha on 27th October 2021. They were taken round by Mr. Wilson Njenga and Mr. James Matunde of KALRO-CIMMYT, MLN Screening facility. They reckoned that they had seen MLN in the maize fields, but they were not aware that a lot of work was being done to manage the disease. They hailed the selfless efforts CIMMYT was putting to help the farmers. After seeing the two viruses, Maize Chlorotic Mottle Virus and Sugarcane Mosaic Virus and the MLN affected plants after artificial inoculation in the field they highly appreciated the work. They were impressed by the good partnerships between CIMMYT, KALRO, other NARS and seed companies and they noted that ...