Commission of the European Communities 5th Framework Programme
Commissione delle Comunitą Europee Quinto Programma Quadro
Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources
Qualitą della vita e gestione delle risorse biologiche

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Aim of this project
Develop improved maize genotypes with increased resitance to Fusarium moniliforme using traditional breeding as well as biotechnology 


Specific objectives are: 

  • to characterize F. Moniliforme (verticilliodes) isolates from Europa and Africa
  • to develop screening methods to evaluate maize genotypes for resistance to the pathogens
  • to evaluate the effects of plant antifungal defence genes against F. moniliforme
  • to use direct evolution by DNA shuffling to develop novel and improved antifungal genes
  • to produce transgenic maize enriched with antifungal genes and evaluate resistance in the field 


David K. Berger, University of Pretoria, South Africa Email:

Olga Scholten, Plant Reserch International, Wageningen, The Netherlands

Irene Nawa, University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia

Dean Oelofse, ARC-Roodeplat, Pretoria, South Africa

Maureen Louw and Maretha O’Kennedy, CSIR, Pretoria, South Africa

Felice Cervone and Giulia De Lorenzo, Universitą La Sapienza, Roma, Italy

subcontr. Elisabetta Lupotto, Istituto Sperimentale per la Cerealicoltura, Bergamo, Italy


European Commission, Fifth Framework   Programme Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources

Co-ordinator: David K. Berger, Botany Department, Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI),
University of Pretoria, Pretoria 2002, South Africa Email:

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This project has been approved with financial support from the Commission of the European Communities. It does not necessarily reflect its views and in no way anticipates the Commission’s future policy in this area.