Defeating nematode worms with GM bananas
Africa College researchers, led by Howard Atkinson, are using genetic modification (GM) technologies to make banana and plantain (Musa species) crops resistant to attack from nematode worms. The work uses the GM approach because bananas and plantain crops are sterile, and most breeding techniques cannot be applied for rapid crop improvement.
Full details can be found on the BBSRC website and the
Global Food Security website
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5th October 2011