Improved Maize Varieties Give West and Central African Farmers HopeFebruary 19, 2010
New, improved maize varieties developed by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in partnership with Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria and Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile Ife, Nigeria have sparked renewed optimism for maize farming in West and Central Africa. The varieties, which were developed through conventional plant breeding by tapping naturally-available traits, address many of the major constraints to maize production such as drought, low soil fertility, pests, diseases, and parasitic weeds.
The released maize varieties, which were approved by the Nigeria National Variety Release Committee, include 13 open-pollinated varieties of extra-early-, early-, intermediate-, and late-maturity with resistance to the parasitic weed Striga hermonthica and stem borers, tolerance to drought, and with good adaptation to sub-optimal soil nitrogen. Four hybrids with drought-tolerance have also been released.
Abebe Menkir, IITA maize breeder, says that the release of these varieties will hasten the adoption of improved maize cultivars by farmers in Nigeria, consequently increasing yields, raising farm incomes, and improving food security.
The press release is available at http://www.iita.org/cms/details/news_feature_details.aspx?articleid=3286&zoneid=342
The Crop Biotech Update is a weekly newsletter of ISAAA, a not-for-profit organization. The CBU is distributed for free to over 23,000 subscribers worldwide to inform them about the key developments in biosciences, especially in agricultural biotechnology. Your support will help us in our mission to feed the world with knowledge. You can help by donating as little as $10.
See more articles:
News from Around the World
- First Global Conference on Agric Research for Development
- Experts Say "Radically ReThink Agriculture"
- New Public-Private Collaboration Aims to Develop High Yielding Maize for Africa
- Improved Maize Varieties Give West and Central African Farmers Hope
- African, Arab Ministers Meet on Action Plan to Improve Agricultural Productivity
- NEPAD Biosafety Network Approves 2010 Work Plan
- Arcadia Receives Fund to Continue Research on Wheat with Reduced Celiac Disease Potential
- Hongkong to Enact GMO Regulation
- Bangladeshi Agric Minister: Encourage Farmer to Adopt Modern Technology
- India's Minister of Agriculture Backs GM Crops for Food Security
- Switzerland Extends Moratorium on GM Crops
- Italian Farmers Lose USD 475 M Annually By Not Being Allowed to Grow GM Corn
- Biological Method to Control Pathogenic Fusarium oxysporum Strains
- Study Demonstrates Evolutionary Link between Plants and Humans
- New Insights on the Molecular Basis of Plant Immune Response
- Researchers Pinpoint Genes that Control Growth of Root Hairs
- Biosafety Scholarships
- International Conference on Agri-biotech in Developing Countries
- Book on Gene Flow Between Crops and Wild Relatives
- Workshop Report on ERA of GM Crops
Read the latest:
- Crop Biotech Update (September 28, 2022)
- Genome Editing Supplement (September 21, 2022)
- Gene Drive Supplement (September 28, 2022)
Subscribe to CBU: