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Kehas Nowakunda

 
 
Category:Current Staff
Emailkepas@kari.go.ug
Title:
  • Dr.
Designation:
  • Research Officer
Joined:
  • 1996
Tel:
  • +256-414-567158
Interest:
  • Fusarium Resistance
  • Agribusiness

Dr. Kephas Nowakunda is a senior research officer...



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The vast majority of the bananas currently grown and consumed were not conventionally bred but are selections made over probably thousands of years from naturally occurring hybrids. Cultivated bananas are very nearly sterile and as a consequence are not propagated from seed but rather through vegetative propagation, primarily suckers as well as more recently micropropagated or tissue cultured bananas. These factors, very old selections, near sterility and vegetative propagation, mean that these bananas have not been genetically improved either for resistance or improved quality and are becoming increasing in affected by serious pests and diseases.

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