With the fight against lethal maize disease successful, calls for vigilance to prevent an upsurge intensify
Masinde, Joshua (CIMMYT), Francis Mwatuni (CIMMYT) and Dr. Suresh,L.M. (CIMMYT ) :
Experts from research, plant health and seed sector organizations from eastern and southern Africa gathered in Nairobi on October 15-17, 2019, to reflect on the tremendous impact and lessons learned from the multi-pronged, transboundary coalition to contain the maize lethal necrosis (MLN) disease across the region. They called for continued efforts to fight this devastating viral disease and prepare African nations for future plant health threats.
It’s eight years since the maize lethal necrosis (MLN) disease was first reported on the African continent, in Kenya’s Bomet County in 2011. At the time, a sense of panic swept across the maize sector as this viral disease could wipe out maize fields with experts quickly realizing that all maize varieties on the market were susceptible to MLN.
Spearheaded by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), a rapid regional response involving national ...