This project built on previous work in which a generic defence strategy against nematodes was developed. Appropriate methods, both in the field and in the laboratory, for challenging banana plants with nematodes were developed after monitoring the population dynamics of endemic species that parasitize bananas in the field in the Windward Islands. A gene coding for the production of a cysteine proteinase inhibitor was linked to a root-specific promoter and used to transform rice cultivars to be resistant to nematodes.
FINAL TECHNICAL REPORT. R6743 The Development and Testing of Transgenic Cultivars of Banana Resistant to Nematodes