2001 INIBAP annual report

  • Document type : Report

  • Year of publication : 2002

  • Publisher(s) : INIBAP

  • Place of publication : Montpellier, France

  • Pages : 72

  • Language(s) : English

  • Abstract : The official launching of the Global Musa Genomics Consortium in the USA in July, publicised through Future Harvest, led to a gratifying press response. Articles suggested there was keen support for an entirely public-funded group taking responsibility for key research developments in genomics, with an aim firmly placed in bettering the crop for smallholder farmers. The launch of the consortium was the latest achievement of the ever growing number of partnerships generated in PROMUSA and served to illustrate to the wider public, the success of the networking modus operandi that underlies all of INIBAP's activities. Regarding the more day-to-day activities of INIBAP, the genebank continued to be very active in 2001, with the high levels of germplasm distribution attained in 2000, continuing this year. All accessions in the genebank have now been screened for endogeous bacterial infection, and where necessary cleaned. Similarly almost all the accessions have been indexed for viruses. Efforts are now directed towards rejuvenating the collection, especially those accessions which have been maintained continuously in vitro for more than ten subculture cycles. The involvement of farmers in the design, implementation and follow-up of projects is not a new idea, but is a strategy that many agricultural research organisations are now adopting. It can be seen from the portfolio of INIBAP's projects taking place in banana-producing regions in 2001, that INIBAP is following this trend. Farmers are involved in many activities, including determining options for investigation, data collecting, exchanging technologies and evaluating improved varieties. The exchange of information between farmers has proved particularly successful in East Africa in the context of on-farm conservation of diversity. Here farmers have been learning techniques from each other, related to pest and disease management, soil fertility enhancement and post harvest utilisation.


  • Open access : Yes

  • PDF : open

  • Musalit document ID : IN020286

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