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Japan takes in new disease-resistant Philippine Cavendish banana

With optimization of harvesting time and ripening protocol, innovative packaging of clusters of four to five fingers and differentiated branding, a newly introduced Fusarium resistant banana variety gains acceptance in the Japanese market, Dr. Agustin B. Molina of Bioversity International-Asia and the Pacific Office recently reported. Read the complete news in The Philippine Star

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Looking for a Banana Pathologist for Asia-Pacific

Bioversity International is seeking a dynamic and creative scientist, with excellent communication skills and drive, to develop a research portfolio within the framework of the CGIAR Research Programs in support of more productive, sustainable and resilient banana (Musa) production systems, especially for smallholders. The priority area of research excellence is improved management of Fusarium wilt […]

Integrated Systems Research for Sustainable Intensification in Smallholder Agriculture

Agricultural scientists argue that systems research offers solutions to tackle poverty, hunger and environmental degradation together Agricultural scientists and researchers from over 30 nations gather for several days at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, Nigeria, for the International Conference on Integrated Systems for Sustainable Intensification in Smallholder Agriculture, which lasts March […]

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New Guide and factsheets for producing clean planting material of banana

Already available on line and soon on CD-ROM, this illustrated guide summarizes the key practices for producing clean planting material of banana with a high yield potential for smallholders, depending on the pests and diseases which are present. The guide is also designed to contribute to better planning of the propagation of planting material for […]

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Launch of the new MGIS website!

The Musa Germplasm Information System (MGIS) team at Bioversity International and its MusaNet partners are very pleased to announce the launch of the new and improved MGIS website! The purpose of this work was to provide the most comprehensive information related to Musa germplasm accessions maintained in the global in vitro collection at Bioversity’s International […]

IHC 2014 – ProMusa Symposium ‘Unravelling the banana’s genomic potential’

The sequence of the banana genome, recently unravelled, provides access to the plant’s over 36,000 genes, making it possible to identify those genes responsible for particular traits, such as disease resistance, dwarfism, fruit quality and many more, and open up many exciting new opportunities. The aim of the ISHS/ProMusa Symposium, held as one of the […]

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Cavendish variant resistant to Panama disease

A new banana variety is proving to be a promising answer to the very destructive Panama wilt disease, a.k.a. Fusarium wilt, that has been progressively infecting Cavendish plantations in Mindanao in recent years. The new variety is a variant of tissue-cultured Giant Cavendish from Taiwan better known simply as GCTCV 219. In farmers’ fields that […]

Share your crop knowledge

Help identify stress-tolerant species Bioversity International is conducting a survey (deadline 7 February)  to assess perspectives from around the world on which traditional crops are tolerant of stressful growing conditions. This is part of an effort to document and draw attention to the role of traditional crops in climate change adaptation under the IFAD NUS […]

Towards a better access to literature on bananas

A new version of Musalit, the largest repository of references on banana, was recently put online. The new Musalit interface provides better access to documents and improved search functionalities to help users navigate the database’s close to 15,000 records. In addition to offering more search fields, it also makes it possible to refine the results […]

Expert survey: Brief overview of the survey results

A total of 504 banana experts from around the world participated in an online survey conducted as part of the CGIAR Research Programme on Roots, Tubers and Bananas priority setting study between 18 January and 12 March 2013. The aim of the survey was to elicit the most important constraints limiting or reducing banana yields […]