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Genetic improvement of maize to enhance food safety by introducing resistance to fusarium moniliforme

Objective

World wide maize is contaminated by mycotoxins produced by the post-harvestpathogen Fusarium moniliforme which not only reduces crop yield but is also toxicto humans and animals consuming the infected grain. The project objective is to address food safety by developing maize with durable resistance to F moniliformeusing two parallel approaches, namely selection for conventional resistance as well as molecular genetic techniques. Field and glasshouse screening methods will be developed to select resistant genotypes adapted to both Europe and Africa. Concomitantly, maize will be engineered with four available plant anti-fungal genes and the resultant transgenic maize evaluated in field trials. In addition, improvement of a plant anti-fungal gene will be carried out by in vitro directed evolution.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

PLANT RESEARCH INTERNATIONAL B.V.
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 1
Wageningen
Netherlands

Participants (6)

AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH COUNCIL
South Africa
Address
X1,kwamhlanga-moloto Road (R573)
0001 Pretoria
CSIR - COUNCIL FOR SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH
South Africa
Address

0001 Pretoria
ISTITUTO SPERIMENTALE PER LA CEREALICOLTURA
Italy
Address
Via Stezzano 24
24126 Bergamo
UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA
South Africa
Address
Lynnwood Road
0002 Pretoria
UNIVERSITY OF ROME "LA SAPIENZA"
Italy
Address
2,Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
UNIVERSITY OF ZAMBIA
Zambia
Address
Great East Road Campus
10101 Lusaka