ON-FARM PARTICIPATORY EVALUATION OF EAST AFRICAN HIGHLAND BANANA 'MATOOKE' HYBRIDS (MUSA SPP.)
The East African highland bananas Matooke (Musa spp.) are unique in terms of utilization, their taste and the cultural attachment to the people in the East Africa region. Research efforts have been directed towards improving these bananas for disease resistance, pest resistance and higher yields, while keeping their unique taste and other culinary qualities. This paper presents results of an on-farm participatory evaluation study of 18 conventionally bred hybrids selected from an early evaluation trial at the Kawanda Agricultural Research Institute. The 18 Matooke hybrids (17 with AAA genome; one with AAAA genome) and a local cultivar were planted in farmers fields in Kasangombe sub-county, Nakaseke district in Central Uganda. The hybrids were evaluated for consumer acceptability, black Sigatoka resistance and agronomic performance The Matooke hybrids M2, M9, M14 and M17 (AAA genome) were selected as the most acceptable hybrids, combining high yields with resistance to black Sigatoka.
Ssali, R.T., Nowankunda, K., Barekye Erima, R., Batte, M. and Tushemereirwe, W.K. (2010). ON-FARM PARTICIPATORY EVALUATION OF EAST AFRICAN HIGHLAND BANANA 'MATOOKE' HYBRIDS (MUSA SPP.). Acta Hortic. 879, 585-591
black Sigatoka, hybrids, Musa, sensory acceptability