08/07/2012 - 13:52

An international research collaboration recently demonstrated progress in protecting cassava against cassava brown streak disease (CBSD), a serious virus disease, in a confined field trial in Uganda using an RNA interference technology.  The field trial was planted in November 2010 following approval by the National Biosafety Committee of Uganda.  The plants were harvested in November 2011 and results were published in the August 1, 2012 issue of the journal Molecular Plant Pathology .  These results point researchers in the right direction as they develop virus-resistant cassava varieties preferred by farmers in Eastern Africa.