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'NARITA 19'


'NARITA 19' at a glance

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Left to right: ‘NARITA 19’, its female parent 1201K-1 and its female grandparent ‘Nakawere\'

Ploidy level

3x

Genome group

AAA

Status

Synthetic hybrid

Breeding institutes

NARO and IITA

Breeder's code

 16242S-1

Pedigree

‘Nakawere’ (AAA), Musa acuminata ssp. burmannica (Calcutta 4), ‘Sinwobogi’ (AA), ‘Tjau Lagada’ (AA) and Musa acuminata ssp. malaccensis, ‘Guyod’ (AA)

ITC code

ITC1803

'NARITA 19' is a high-yielding and disease-resistant hybrid that is related, through its female grandparent, to a group of cooking and beer bananas called East African highland bananas (EAHB). ‘NARITA 19’ is named after NARO and IITA, the institutes that jointly developed the NARITA hybrids[1].

Two crosses were performed to obtain ‘NARITA 19’. The triploid EAHB cultivar ‘Nakawere’ was crossed with a wild source of disease resistance to produce a tetraploid. This tetraploid was then crossed with an improved diploid to produce the triploid hybrid ‘NARITA 19’ (see Breeding strategy below).

‘NARITA 19’ has been tested on station in Uganda[2] and is being evaluated in a broader range of end-users environments (including farmers’ fields), to assess its potential for adoption by farmers and consumers[3]. Its primary use is as a cooking type.

Breeding strategy

Breeding scheme for 'NARITA 19'

‘NARITA 19’ is a secondary triploid obtained by crossing a disease-resistant tetraploid (1201K-1) with an improved diploid (8075-7)[4].

The tetraploid female parent 1201K-1 was obtained by crossing the triploid EAHB cultivar ‘Nakawere’ and Calcutta 4, a genebank accession of the diploid wild species Musa acuminata ssp. burmannica, which provided a copy of the so-called A genome. Calcutta 4 provided the resistance to black leaf streak.

The diploid male parent 8075-7 (whose code used to be preceded by TMBx, for tropical Musa bananas[5]) had been derived from a cross between SH3362 (an hybrid developed by FHIA) and Calcutta 4. SH3362 had been obtained by crossing two improved diploids: SH3217 X SH3142.

SH3217 was the product of a cross between two improved diploids: SH2095 and SH2766, whereas SH3142 was the product of a cross between two 'Pisang Jari Buaya' (AA).

The parents of SH2095 were the products of a cross between 'Sinwobogi' (AA) and 'Tjau Lagada' (AA) and of a cross between Musa acuminata ssp. malaccensis and 'Guyod' (AA), whereas the parents of SH2766 were 'Tjau Lagada' (AA) and the product of a cross between Musa acuminata ssp. malaccensis and 'Guyod' (AA).

Agronomic performance

The following agronomic data were collected during a preliminary yield trial carried out by IITA and NARO at Namulonge in Central Uganda[4]:

Traits
NARITA 19*
Plant height at flowering (cm)
263.1
Pseudostem girth at flowering (cm)
36.5
Time from flowering to harvest (days)
130.2
Bunch weight (kg)
8.7
Number of hands
5.9
Number of fingers
89.4
Fruit circumference (cm)
11.9
Fruit length (cm)
14.1
Number of functional leaves at flowering
8.5
Number of functional leaves at harvest
2.5
Height of tallest sucker at flowering (cm)
234.6
Height of tallest sucker at harvest (cm)
262.3
Youngest leaf spotted at flowering
6.9
Youngest leaf spotted at harvest
1.8
Survival rate (%)
80
* Data are averages for 10 plants evaluated over three crop cycles.

Reaction to diseases and pests

The scores for number of functional leaves and youngest leaf spotted at flowering and harvest indicate medium resistance to black leaf streak.

References

1. IITA press release on the first ever high-yielding matooke hybrids.
3. Website of the Breeding Better Bananas project.
4. Tushemereirwe W, Batte M, Nyine M, Tumuhimbise R, Barekye A, Tendo S, Kubiriba J, Lorenzen J and Swennen R. 2015. Performance of NARITA banana hybrids in the preliminary yield trial for three cycles in Uganda.
5. Vuylsteke, D., Ortiz, R. and Ferris, S. 1993. Genetic and agronomic improvement for sustainable production of plantain and banana in sub-saharan Africa. African Crop Science Journal 1(1):1-8.

See also on this website

Musapedia pages on NARITA hybrids:
Musapedia pages on improved materials:

Official website of Uganda's National Agricultural Research Organization, NARO and its banana research program