African Journal of Biotechnology
African Journal of Biotechnology Vol. 2 (12), pp. 563-569, December 2003
ISSN 1684-5315 © 2003 Academic Journals
banana weevil (Cosmopolites sordidus) resistance by plant genetic
modification: A perspective
Kiggundu1,2*, Michael Pillay4, Altus Viljoen3,
Clifford Gold4, Wilberforce Tushemereirwe1, Karl
of Botany, Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI),
University of Pretoria, 74 Lunnon Road, Hillcrest, Pretoria South Africa.
of Microbiology and Plant Pathology, Forestry and Agricultural
Biotechnology Institute (FABI), University of Pretoria, 74 Lunnon Road,
Hillcrest, Pretoria South Africa.
Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), East and Southern Africa
Regional Centre (ESARC), P. O. Box 7878, Kampala, Uganda.
*Corresponding author. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accepted 21 November 2003
Banana weevil is a serious pest of bananas and plantains in Africa. The development of resistant cultivars is seen as the long term and more sustainable control strategy. The difficulty in conventional breeding of bananas and plantains has prompted efforts towards the use of genetic transformation for banana and plantain improvement. In this review, the current status of banana weevil resistance, sources of resistance and resistance mechanisms is assessed. Further, current efforts and future prospects for identifying resistance genes outside the genus Musa with potential to control banana weevil in a transgenic approach are outlined and discussed.