Studying metabolites for faster, better plant breeding

Studying metabolites for faster, better plant breeding Metabolites are the small molecules produced by living cells. Identifying the unique metabolic signature of plant tissues can help plant breeders quickly identify the desired traits in crop varieties. An exciting partnership with Royal Holloway University of London (RHUL) is conducting groundbreaking studies of the metabolites of cassava, potato, yams, sweetpotato, and bananas. … Read More

Mapping the genes of wild bananas provides insights for disease resistance

Mapping the genes of wild bananas provides insights for disease resistance Recent RTB-funded efforts are mapping the genes of bananas to breed varieties that are resistant to common diseases, as part of wider strategies to combat the diseases. All cultivated bananas are susceptible to banana Xanthomonas wilt disease (BXW), and many dessert bananas are susceptible to Fusarium wilt disease. However, … Read More

Interactive conservation of native potato varieties, lessons for RTB crops

Interactive conservation of native potato varieties, lessons for RTB crops Interactive conservation of native potato varieties combines two types of conservation: in situ (on farm) and ex situ (in genebanks). Learning more about how rural communities grow valuable varietal diversity is helping researchers to understand and support in situ conservation, while improving farmers’ livelihoods and nutrition. Crop varieties can be … Read More

A genetic roadmap to bigger bunches of bananas

A genetic roadmap to bigger bunches of bananas RTB has been supporting the development of genomic tools to accelerate breeding. One such approach, Genome Wide Association Study (GWAS), finds molecular markers for complex traits of agronomic and economic importance. Researchers have done the first study ever to map the genetic markers associated with high fruit yield in bananas. This will … Read More