Mexico seeks to improve the coconut genome against lethal yellowing

The Yucatan Scientific Research Center (CICY) is working to improve the quality of coconut crops, creating, in vitro, new varieties that are more resistant to the diseases that affect these fruits.

The Biotechnology Unit, a center attached to the system of public centers of the National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt), is studying the genome of coconut to be able to deal with one of its most common diseases, lethal yellowing, that affects the palms.

As a result, they have been able to produce 50,000 plants per year that are resistant to this disease. The goal of this research is to cross borders through these in vitro plants to improve coconut production and positively impact the national and international economies. This work went from the laboratories to the bio-factories, where the method is replicated. These spaces can be established in any region of the country and in other nations. To improve productivity, they seek to eradicate that coconut disease and find genetic resistance.



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