2020 screening cycle for deadly MLN virus in Kenya – April Planting
International Year of Plant Health 2020
Dr. Suresh, L.M. (CIMMYT) Feb 29: The maize lethal necrosis (MLN) artificial inoculation screening site in Naivasha, Kenya will begin the second interval of its phenotyping (screening/ indexing) cycle of 2020 at the beginning of April 2020. Interested organizations from both the private and public sectors are invited to send maize germplasm for screening.
Aerial View of MLN Demo under the artificial inoculated condition in MLN screening facility, Naivasha
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
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 ...