Pursuant to the Biosafety Act No. 2 of 2009, the National Biosafety Authority has approved five (5) projects on genetically modified organisms. This was announced through GAZETTE NOTICE NO. 8846 dated 08th September 2017. These include: Application for contained use activity: Virus Induced Gene Silencing (VIGS) by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). The aim of the proposed research is to use the VIGS technique to investigate a number of cassava genes involved in natural resistance to cassava brown streak virus (CBSV). Further, there is an approved application to conduct Confined Field Trial of transgenic bananas for resistance to Banana Xanthomonas Wilt (BXW) disease by Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO). The aim of the proposed research is to evaluate the transgenic bananas of local Kenyan farmers’ preferred varieties for resistance to BXW disease under confined field conditions.
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