What We Do

Our services

Our Services

Crossfrontier International Ltd (Cfi) uses Biotechnology and biotechnology tools to provide plant diagnostics for value addition to farmer preferred varieties of crops in the East and Central African region. We collaborate with partners and using information technology provide a holistic approach to Agribusiness making farming worthwhile.

We offer:-

  • Virus indexed tissue cultured material
  • Virus indexing and other diagnostic services
  • Good farming extension services information
  • Germplasm conservation services

Tissue Culture

Tissue culture cleans the plant of pests, bacteria and fungi but not of viruses. We collect the most popular farmer preferred varieties for tissue culture propagation of the following crops:-

  • Bananas
  • Cassava
  • Sweet potato
  • Straw berries
  • Rattan
  • Oil palm
  • Vanilla
  • Coffee

Virus Indexing

The presence of viruses in plants can reduce yields by as much as 100%. Virus indexing is simply screening the plant for the presence of viruses in plants. It is a value addition to tissue culture. CFI screens the following famer preferred varieties for the most common viruses as follows:-

  • Bananas (Banana Streak virus (BSV), Banana Bunchy Top Virus (BBTV), Banana Bract Mosaic Virus (BBrV),Cucumber Mosaic Virus (CMV))
  • Cassava (Cassava Mosaic Virus, Cassava Brown Streak Virus)
    Sweet potato (Sweet potato feathery mottle virus, Sweet potato mosaic virus)
  • Pawpaw (Papaya ring spot virus)
  • Passion fruit (Cucumber mosaic virus)

Germplasm Conservation Services

Cfi recognizes the challenge of germplasm conservation and currently offers these services for the following:-

  • Bananas
  • Cassava
  • Sweet potato
  • Rattan
  • Gums and Resins