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'NARITA 9'


'NARITA 9' at a glance

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Left to right: ‘NARITA 9’, its female parent 917K-2 and its female grandparent ‘Enzirabahima’

Ploidy level

3x

Genome group

AAA

Status

Synthetic hybrid

Breeding institutes

NARO and IITA

Breeder's code

 12468S-6

Pedigree

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

ITC code

to be confirmed

Musapedia pages on NARITA hybrids

'NARITA 9' 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 9’ is named after NARO and IITA, the institutes that jointly developed the NARITA hybrids[1].

Two crosses were performed to obtain ‘NARITA 9’. The triploid EAHB cultivar ‘Enzirabahima’ 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 9’ (see Breeding strategy below).

‘NARITA 9’ has been tested on station in Uganda, and is ready for further evaluation in a broader range of end-users environments (including farmers’ fields), to assess its potential for adoption by farmers and consumers[2]. Its primary use is as a juice type.

Breeding strategy

Breeding scheme for 'NARITA 9'

‘NARITA 9’ is a secondary triploid obtained by crossing a disease-resistant tetraploid (917K-2) with an improved diploid developed by FHIA (SH3217)[3].

The tetraploid female parent 917K-2 was obtained by crossing the triploid EAHB cultivar ‘Enzirabahima’ 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 SH3217 was the product of a cross between two improved diploids: SH2095 and SH2766. 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). The parents of the improved diploid 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[3]:

Traits
NARITA 9*
Plant height at flowering (cm)
286.6
Pseudostem girth at flowering (cm)
49.5
Time from flowering to harvest (days)
167.1
Bunch weight (kg)
16.8
Number of hands
7.6
Number of fingers
118.9
Fruit circumference (cm)
13.0
Fruit length (cm)
20.6
Number of functional leaves at flowering
9.5
Number of functional leaves at harvest
1.9
Height of tallest sucker at flowering (cm)
228.0
Height of tallest sucker at harvest (cm)
265.5
Youngest leaf spotted at flowering
7.4
Youngest leaf spotted at harvest
2.0
Survival rate (%)
90
* 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.
2. IITA press release on project to boost banana production in Uganda and Tanzania.
3. 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.

Also on this website

Browse photos of NARITA hybrids in Musarama

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