Tanzania Musa expedition 2001

  • Authors : De Langhe, E.A.L.; Karamura, D.A.; Mbwana, A.

  • Document type : Report

  • Year of publication : 2001

  • Publisher(s) : INIBAP

  • Place of publication : Kampala (UGA)

  • Pages : 106

  • Language(s) : English

  • Abstract : The Tanzania Musa Expedition 2001 was motivated by (1) a serious lack of knowledge about banana cultivars in the highlands of East-Africa other than the Great Lakes region, and (2) the growing risk that unexplored yet potentially important material for genetic improvement would get lost, due to changing farm management practices. The Musa gene pool around the Great Lakes, including the Kagera area in Tanzania, has completely been identified, collected and duplicated in vitro over the last decades (Karamura D., 1999). Nothing of the sort had been effected for the bananas in the other Tanzanian highlands, nor in those of Kenya, beyond the rather sketchy collecting mission carried out by Baker and Simmonds almost fifty years ago (Baker et Simmonds, 1951 and 1952). That mission, however, discovered several cultivars which later on turned out to be edible diploids, plus a number of banana types which, on the base of the brief descriptions, seemed to be different from the Great Lakes cultivars. The collected material was planted at the then Imperial College of Tropical Agriculture (I.C.T.A.) in Trinidad, but was rapidly lost for its major part, probably because it could not survive for long at sea level altitude.


  • Open access : Yes

  • PDF : open

  • Musalit document ID : IN080353

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