Fighting Two Major Cassava Diseases in Burundi with Nuclear Technology

“The average fresh yield of cassava in Burundi is 9.9 tonnes/ha, which lags behind yields of 15–40 tonnes/ha achieved elsewhere,” said Ernest Vyizigiro, Head of the Institute of Agronomic Sciences (ISABU). The IAEA, in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), is supporting Burundian scientists in using nuclear technology to develop high-yielding varieties of cassava resistant to these diseases. Some existing cassava varieties in Burundi are resistant to CMD, but not to CBSD, which first appeared in the country in 2011. “To date, all five…

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