Cassava production is currently under threat from cassava brown streak disease (CBSD), a disease that is among the seven most serious obstacles to world’s food security. Three issues are of significance for CBSD. Firstly, the virus associated with CBSD, has co-evolved with cassava outside its center of origin for at least 90 years. Secondly, that for the last 74 years, CBSD was only limited to the low lands. Thirdly, that most research has largely focused on CBSD epidemiology and virus diversity. Accordingly, this paper focuses on CBSD genetics and/or breeding and hence, presents empirical data generated in the past 11 years of cassava breeding in Uganda.
This work is part of the “Next Generation Cassava Breeding Project” which is supported by the UK Department for International Development, in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Robert Sezi Kawuki, Tadeo Kaweesi, Williams Esuma, Anthony Pariyo, Ismail Siraj Kayondo, Alfred Ozimati, Vincent Kyaligonza, Alex Abaca, Joseph Orone, Robooni Tumuhimbise, Ephraim Nuwamanya, Philip Abidrabo, Teddy Amuge, Emmanuel Ogwok, Geoffrey Okao, Henry Wagaba, Gerald Adiga, Titus Alicai, Christopher Omongo, Anton Bua, Morag Ferguson, Edward Kanju, Yona Baguma, Eleven years of breeding efforts to combat cassava brown streak disease, Breeding Science, 2016, Volume 66, Issue 4, Pages 560-571, https://doi.org/10.1270/jsbbs.16005
Eleven years of breeding efforts to combat cassava brown streak disease