The new partnership Canada – Côte d’Ivoire – Ghana started from a previous collaboration between Dr. Arocha-Rosete and Dr. Diallo in 2006 when Ivorian coconut samples were screened with no success for CSPW phytoplasma.  Following the Grand-Lahou LY outbreak, CNRA and UNA sent samples to Sporometrics lab in Toronto Canada for phytoplasma testing which resulted in the first official report of a Ghanaian CSPW phytoplasma strain in Côte d’Ivoire.  CNRA and CSIR-OPRI have had a recognized successful collaboration fighting CSPW in Ghana.  All partners will be responsible for project reporting, monitoring, evaluation, and use of funds.  All activities will be performed in Côte d’Ivoire and will be guided by Canadian partners and assisted by Ghana CSPW experts.  CSIR-OPRI will train Ivorian’s on learned lessions on CSPW management that can be applicable for CILY. Sporometrics and the University of Toronto will transfer molecular tools and information on potential biological control tools to Ivorian partners for their validation and implementation, and will host a training course for technology transfer to African partners.  All partners will benefit from knowledge about CILY phytoplasma.  Canada will enhance prestige within the phytoplasma community, and leadership in addressing common problems for farmers in Africa.  Research capabilities of the Ivorian coconut industry will be strengthened and promoted, as well as regional, national, and international research collaboration.


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