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Zeyimo BAKELANA (Zone Team Leader-DRC western)

Zeyimo BAKELANA is a research assistant working with the National Cassava Program of INERA in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR. Congo). INERA is the National Agriculture Research Institute and is a public institution.Tony holds a Master degree in agriculture (plant protection). He has studied relationships between the whitefly vector Bemissia tabaci population abundance and the cassava mosaic disease incidence in different agro-ecological zones of DR. Congo. He has identified viruses involved in the spread of cassava mosaic disease in DR. Congo, especially ACMD (African Cassava Mosaic Virus), EACMV (East African Cassava Mosaic Virus) and EACMV-Ug (East African Cassava Mosaic Virus – Uganda).He attempted to find the causative agent of root necrosis (Cassava Brown Streak Disease – like symptoms) in western DR. Congo but all molecular tests failed. Zeyimo is actually doing a PhD at Kinshasa University on ‘’Breeding cassava for resistance to root necrosis in western DRC, using molecularmarkers’’. With the aim to develop resistant and tolerant varieties to CBSD-like disease.

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