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Gloria Valentine

Nakato Headshot

Nationality: Uganda
Gender: Female

International Institute of Tropical Agriculture IITA

Plot 15B Naguru East Road
P.O. Box 7878

Kampala
Uganda
Phone: +256 752 787839
Email: V.Nakato@cgiar.org
Skype name:  valmale


Main professional activity: Research
Professional qualifications:

Doctor of Philosophy (Plant Pathology). Research focus: Xanthomonas campestris pv. musacearum: Population diversity and the identification of potential sources of resistance from banana accessions representing the Musa diversity worldwide. University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa, 2018.

MSc, Crop Science. Makerere University, Uganda, 2009.

BSc, Agriculture. Makerere University, Uganda, 2003.

Main skills:

Bacterial diseases
Fusarium wilt
Nematodes
Weevils
Diagnostics
Host pathogen interactions
Epidemiology

Describe past or present professional activities relevant to bananas:
Understanding the genetics of resistance to Xanthomonas campestris pv. musacearum the cause of the devastating Banana Xanthomonas Wilt (BXW) disease, that is ravaging banana production in East Africa. Previously thought to not have resistance in banana, we recently identified a banana variety that is tolerant to this disease, thus opening opportunities to breed for resistance and using host resistance to manage the disease.
Languages: English
ProMusa member: Yes
Last updated: Thursday February 27, 2020 05:23:32 CET