2020 screening cycle for deadly MLN virus in Kenya – November Planting
International Year of Plant Health 2020
Dr. Suresh, L.M. (CIMMYT) September 25: The maize lethal necrosis (MLN) artificial inoculation screening site in Naivasha, Kenya will begin the fifth interval of its phenotyping (screening/ indexing) cycle of 2020 at the beginning of November 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
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 ...