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7 Research Projects
Total grants awarded: ~33,115,000 MZN (~552,000 USD)

This research grant is used to establish the best way for reducing the Panama Disease Tropical Race 4 inoculum in soil and to determine the adaptability of the Formosana variant to the Southern regions of Mozambique.

The research is divided into 3 sub-research projects to establish:

- The effect of controlled flooding combined with the incorporation of maize and animal manure on areas infested with Tropical Race 4.

- The best commercial products that can be used to reduce the inoculum in the soil and to use for disinfection of equipment.

- The behaviour of the Formosana variant in the agro-ecological conditions of the Southern regions of Mozambique.

Grant Awarded: ~8,116,000 MZN (~135,000 USD) - Fully funded

Universidade

Eduardo Mondlane -

Prof. Ana Mondjana

This grant is used for research to the reduction of the inoculum in soil, and to establish the performance of the Formosana variant in areas infected with Panama Disease Tropical Race 4.


The main objectives of this research project are to:
- Determine the Panama Disease Tropical Race 4 damage on roots after the application of a mix of microbial biodiversity for both mitigation (soils with inoculum recently planted) and recovery (with plants showing symptoms).
- Determine the levels of vascular oxidation in 6-8-month old plants after application of different levels of organic matter and frequency of application, as an indication of pathogenicity, inoculum levels and also the recovery of the banana plants.
- Determine the levels of organic matter as microbial diversity carriers and projected costs/returns related to the practice for both mitigation and recovery.

Grant Awarded: ~6,433,000 MZN (~107,000 USD) - Fully funded

Jacaranda Agricultura Lda.

The focus of this research is to establish the performance of Formosana variant in the climate and soil conditions of the Southern region of Mozambique.


The main objectives of this research project are to:
- To compare the growth yields and quality of Formosana with similar variants.
- Test the potential increased productivity of Formosana due to application of enhanced microorganisms and manure.
- Prepare the Southern banana producing companies for infection of Panama Disease Tropical Race 4 in the south.

Grant Awarded: ~4,472,000 MZN (~75,000 USD) - Fully funded

CITRUM SA.

This grant is used to perform research into the behaviour of the Banana Bunchy Top Virus (BBTV) and to improve the diagnosis of this disease in Mozambique.

The main objectives of this research project are to:
- Establish the natural hosts and enemies of the aphids spreading the disease.
- Establish the susceptibility of local banana variants to BBTV.
- Produce a rapid diagnostic test to confirm BBTV infection in banana plants.

Grant Awarded: ~4,260,000 MZN (~71,000 USD) - Fully funded

Universidade

Eduardo Mondlane - Prof. João Bila

This research is performed to evaluate the resistance and tolerance potential of native banana variants to Panama Disease Tropical Race 4.

The main objectives of this research project are to:
- Establish the infection and resistance rate of different banana variants used for export and local production.
- Identify the banana variants that are resistant or tolerant to Panama Disease Tropical Race 4.

 

Grant Awarded: ~4,237,000 MZN (~71,000 USD) - Fully funded

IIAM - Centro Zonal Nordeste-Nampula

This research project is to produce a test that can be used to establish the inoculum load in soil, plants and water.

 

Its main objective is to develop molecular markers that can be used to rapidly and accurately detect and quantify Panama Disease Tropical Race 4 in plants, water and soil. This will enable scientists to detect the fungus before disease symptoms become visible, and to measure soil infection levels during soil inoculum reduction experiments.

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Grant Awarded: ~3,499,000 MZN (~58,000 USD) - Fully funded

Stellenbosch University - Prof. Altus Viljoen

This research aims to establish the socio-economic and agronomic impact of Panama Disease Tropical Race 4 in Mozambique. It focusses on establishing the ways the disease has affected the workers families and small banana producers in order to formulate measures for the medium and long term to improve the standard of living of the affected families.

 

The project is divided into 2 sub-projects with the main objectives to:
- Evaluate the occurrence of Panama Disease Tropical Race 4 in banana production areas considered to be at risk of infestation.
- Evaluate the socio-economic impact of Panama Disease Tropical Race 4 in infested areas.

Grant Awarded: ~4,260,000 MZN (~71,000 USD) - Fully funded

Universidade

Eduardo Mondlane - Prof. Eunice Cavane