Evaluation of transgenic bananas expressing anti-apoptotic genes for resistance against Fusarium wilt

Namukwaya, Betty (2015) Evaluation of transgenic bananas expressing anti-apoptotic genes for resistance against Fusarium wilt. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


The banana industry worldwide is under threat from a fungal disease known as Fusarium wilt, a disease for which there is no chemical control. Conventional breeding approaches to generate resistant banana varieties are lengthy and very difficult. As such, genetic engineering for disease resistance is considered the most viable control option. In this PhD thesis, genetically modified banana plants were generated using several different stress tolerance genes. When challenged with Fusarium wilt in glasshouse trials, some lines showed increased resistance to the disease. The promising elite lines generated in this study will now require testing in field trials.

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ID Code: 91393
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Paul, Jean-Yves, Dale, James, & Harding, Rob
Keywords: Panama disease, Fusarium, Banana, Genetic engineering, Anti-apoptosis
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Earth, Environmental & Biological Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 27 Jan 2016 06:24
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2016 06:24

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