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Bunchy Top Resistant Banana cv. Lakatan via Induced Mutation
Bunchy top virus (BTV) is the most destructive virus disease of banana in the Philippines. Incorporation of resistance to this virus disease by conventional hybridization is not possible due to sterility of most commercial banana cultivars. In vitro culture and radiation technologies were used to develop BTV resistance in banana cv. Lakatan. Plants showing resistance/tolerance to BTV after greenhouse screening using aphid inoculation of the virus by the aphid vector Pentalonia nigronervosa have been further evaluated in the field under natural BTV infection. The absence of BTV infection in seedling resistant plants has been confirmed by ELISA and PCR tests.
Mass propagation technique
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