Cornell and Ugandan scientists are working to reverse the drastic drop in production of the Matoke banana in the traditional banana growing areas of central and southwestern Uganda as a result of diseases and pests. Matoke is one of Uganda's primary food staples. Together the team has strengthened molecular, transformation and tissue culture laboratories in Uganda, built a biosafety greenhouse, several screenhouses and confined field trial facilities. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and is managed by the Agricultural Biotechnology Research Project (ABSPII).
Dec 2011 - Oct 2016