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Jerome Kubirba

Category:Current Staff
  • Dr.
  • Program Leader
  • 1996
  • +256-414-567158
  • Banana Breeding, Marketing and Utilization

Professional qualification: PhD. Pathology, MSc. Crop Science, BSc Agriculture (Crop option), Makerere Univ., (UGA), (89-93)

Main expertise (keywords): Host pathogen interactions - Viruses - Mycosphaerella leaf spots - Fusarium wilt -

Professional activities relevant to bananas: RESEARCH: Senior Research Officer

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article thumbnailFarmers in the East African Highlands, centred on Uganda, depend on bananas as a staple food crop and a source of income. The harvest, however, is threatened by many pests and diseases that also...
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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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