Modified Banana Could Cure Deadly Disease

An innovation by researchers in Nigeria could be a cure for the devastating Banana Xanthomonas Wilt (BXW). International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) based in Nigeria announced it had successfully engineered resistance of the African banana using genes from a green pepper. Green pepper contains proteins that give crops enhanced resistance against deadly pathogens. It is estimated that BXW is responsible for annual losses in excess of 500 million dollars of crop across East and Central Africa. Read more here.


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