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Public Private Partnerships in the management of Foc Tropical Race 4 in the Davao Region, Philippines

Bioversity with DA-RFU XI, Bureau of Plant Industry and DA-BAR project donors visiting the commercial farms in Davao City adopting the use of the Foc resistant somaclones GCTCV 218 and GCTCV 219 in their Cavendish plantations to manage Foc TR4.        

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The use of resistant varieties in an integrated management of epidemics of Fusarium Wilt Tropical Race 4 in the Philippines

Gus Molina, Emily Fabregar, Noel Perpetua, Benny Corcolon, Lorna Herradura, Susan Razo and Vida Grace Sinohin A.MOLINA@cgiar.org Dr. Agustin Molina, Senior Scientist and Regional Coordinator for Asia and the Pacific of Bioversity International, presenting a keynote paper entitled, “The use of resistant varieties in an integrated management of epidemics of Fusarium Wilt Tropical Race 4 […]

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Research and production experiences in Asia suggest that Panama disease (Foc TR4) will not destroy the Cavendish banana industry

Dr. Agustin B. Molina Bioversity International/Banana Asia Pacific Network Western media is fixated with reporting that Panama Disease caused by Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense (Foc TR4) will lead to the disappearance of Cavendish bananas from supermarkets. This is in reaction to certain researchers predicting the unavoidable incursion of the fungus into Latin American banana […]

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Bright Prospect of Managing Foc TR4 in the Philippines: Use of Resistant Cavendish Somaclone Varieties

Planting Fusarium Wilt (Foc) TR4-resistant Giant Cavendish Tissue Culture Variants (GCTCVs) is becoming a practical option in managing epidemics of Fusarium Wilt TR4 in commercial plantations in the Philippines. After a series of Bioversity International’s field evaluations in public-private partnerships, two GCTCV varieties, namely, GCTCV 218 and GCTCV 219 proved to be the most acceptable […]

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KLUAI NAMWA (Foc TR4 Resistant Variety)

Dwarf Kluai Namwa also known internationally as Pisang Awak (AAB), a dwarf clonal variant introduced from Thailand performs good in the Philippines. It is short in stature with huge and strong pseudostem thus resistant to typhoons . Pisang Awak is a variety sub-group with several variants. It is a very important variety for local markets […]

International Banana Symposium 2014

Introduction The International Banana Symposium, in parallel with the Davao Trade Expo (DATE), was held on 19- 22 November 2014 at the SMX Convention Centre, SM Lanang Premier, Davao City, the Philippines and explored the subject “Davao: from local agriculture to global agribusiness”. The Symposium was co-organized by the Davao Chamber of Commerce and Bioverity […]

NEW CAVENDISH VARIETIES TO MANAGE FUSARIUM WILT IN THE PHILIPPINES

A video of small farmers testimonies in the use of Giant Cavendish Tissue Culture Variant (GCTCV) in managing the threat of Foc TR4 in the Philippines. This is an outcome of Bioversity/BAPNET-public private partnerships in mitigating the threat of Foc TR4. These varieties were selected and shared by Taiwan Banana Research Institute (TBRI) to Bioversity […]

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Foc TR4 resistant varieties that may save the banana industry

Public-private research collaboration in addressing the problem of the banana industry threatened by a fungal disease. Philippine banana export is more than $ 800 million annually providing more than 300,000 direct employment. This disease also threatens big Cavendish plantations in China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Australia, and potential threat to India the biggest banana producer in the […]

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The resistant varieties are going a long way

Forging business partnership between Taiwan Banana Research Institute (TBRI) and African Company to help sustain banana production threatened by a disease. In the picture are staff of TBRI and from the Council of Agriculture (COA) of Taiwan. On my right are: Ms Grace Lih-Fang Lin, Deputy Director General of COA, Mr Henry Murray, General Manager […]

Assessment of Musa genetic resources for their host reaction to Foc TR4

In China, there is now an on going evaluation of 14 accessions from the International Transit Center (ITC) for Musa genetic resources. The project on the assessment of Musa genetic resources for their host reaction to Foc TR4, towards understanding the genetic base of host-pathogen interactions  is now on its way to investigate the host reaction […]

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