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Molecular Characterization of Banana (AA) Diploids with Contrasting Levels of Black and Yellow Sigatoka Resistance

Claudia Fortes Ferreira1, Sebastiao Oliveira Silva1, Nivia Paula Damasceno Sobrinho1, Sandra Cristina1, Santana Damascena1, Fabiane Silva De Assis Alder Oliveira Alves1 and Osvaldo Pereira Da Paz1
  • 1 Santana Damascena, Fabiane Silva De Assis Alder Oliveira Alves and Osvaldo Pereira Da Paz Embrapa Cassava and Fruit Crops-Molecular Biology and Virology Laboratory Rua Embrapa, S/N CP 007, Brazil


Most banana cultivars are susceptible to many diseases, whereas Sigatoka leads to greatest yield losses. One of the strategies to overcome this disease is thorough banana genetic breeding which consists in the obtainment of improved (AA) diploids which are then crossed with triploids obtaining (AAAB) tetraploid disease resistant bananas also presenting other important agronomic characteristics. The prior knowledge of the genetic diversity of (AA) diploids, is therefore considered indispensable in order to direct the crosses being made. The objective of the present work was to analyze the genetic diversity of 20 (AA) banana diploids with contrasting levels of reaction to yellow and black Sigatoka caused by Mycosphaerella musicola and M. fijensis, respectively, using molecular markers. From the dendrogram data it is shown that a great number of experimental hybrids can be obtained from the combination of genetically different diploids, therefore making the banana genetic breeding program more efficient regarding its objectives.

American Journal of Applied Sciences
Volume 1 No. 4, 2004, 276-278


Submitted On: 8 August 2005 Published On: 31 December 2004

How to Cite: Ferreira, C. F., Silva, S. O., Sobrinho, N. P. D., Cristina, S., Damascena, S., Alves, F. S. D. A. A. O. & Paz, O. P. D. (2004). Molecular Characterization of Banana (AA) Diploids with Contrasting Levels of Black and Yellow Sigatoka Resistance. American Journal of Applied Sciences, 1(4), 276-278.

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  • Musa acuminata
  • Mycosphaerella fijensis
  • Mycosphaerella musicola
  • Molecular Markers
  • Sigatoka Resistance