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New screening cycle begins for maize lethal necrosis disease in Kenya

April 20, 2016


NAIROBI, Kenya (CIMMYT) — Activity is set to begin for the 2016A 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 by April 30, 2016. Planting is due to start at the end of May 2016. Please note that it can take up to six weeks to process imports and clear seed shipments.

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 facilitywas 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 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

Skype: brenda.wawa1