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Maize lethal necrosis germplasm screening at Kenya site begins

October 9, 2016

NAIROBI, Kenya (CIMMYT) — Activity is set to begin for the 2016B planting season at the joint Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO)–CIMMYT maize lethal necrosis (MLN) artificial inoculation screening site at Naivasha, Kenya.

Interested private and public sector organizations are invited to send their maize germplasm for screening. Planting is due to start at the beginning of November 2016.

The MLN screening facility is the largest of its kind, established in response to the MLN outbreak in eastern Africa in 2013. It supports country-level efforts in sub-Saharan Africa to screen maize germplasm (hybrids, inbreds, and open pollinated varieties) against MLN in a quarantined environment. The facility was established with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture. Since its inception in 2013, the facility has evaluated over 60,000 accessions from more than 15 multinational and national seed companies and national research programs.

For assistance in obtaining import permits and necessary logistics for screening, please contact L. M. Suresh.

Email:  l.m.suresh@cgiar.org

Tel: +254 20 7224609 (direct)


ICRAF House, United Nations Avenue, P O Box 1041-00621, Nairobi, Kenya



Brenda Wawa

CIMMYT communications

Email: b.wawa@cgiar.org

Tel: +254 (20) 7224661

Mobile: +254 721 614 771

CIMMYT, headquartered in El Batan, Mexico, is the global leader in research for development in wheat and maize and wheat- and maize-based farming systems. CIMMYT works throughout the developing world with hundreds of partners to sustainably increase the productivity of maize and wheat systems to improve food security and livelihoods. CIMMYT is a member of the 15-member CGIAR System Organization and leads the CGIAR Research Programs on Wheat and Maize. CIMMYT receives support from national governments, foundations, development banks and other public and private agencies. www.cimmyt.org

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