Yaounde, Cameroon, Central Africa

The IITA Cameroon Tissue Culture Laboratory was established in 2002 as a component of the crop improvement and crop protection efforts of IITA. Focusing on the delivery of improved banana and plantain, yam, and cassava germplasm and associated technologies the Tissue Culture Lab is important to IITA’s tissue culture (TC) work in Central Africa.

The lab serves mainly as an entry point for the introduction of new hybrids from the breeding programs in Nigeria and other countries. Larger stocks of these hybrids are generated via micropropagation in the lab for evaluation, selection, conservation, and distribution.

Other research activities include the work on cassava and taro. The lab presently holds in conservation 15 taro genotypes that were introduced by IRAD for resistance to taro leaf blight.