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Banana Planter in Davao City Benefits from the Resistant Banana Variety

Agricultural R4D (Research for Development) is about making sure that research outputs reach our end users, the farmers. It is not about publishing only in scientific journal, but also ensuring that it is relevant in solving farmers’ problems, and it is followed through the value chain until it reaches farmers and create impact on their […]

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Varieties Resistant to Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense is commercially used in the Philippines against Panama Disease epidemics

The article in the following link states that the first resistant Cavendish banana has been developed through GMO approach. This article is inaccurate — http://www.freshplaza.com/article/185084/World-first-Panama-disease-resistant-Cavendish-bananas-developed#.Who9IfKRFLw.facebook The Taiwan Banana Research Institute (TBRI) developed resistant Cavendish since the mid 90s to address Foc TR4 problem that beset Taiwan banana industry since 1967. The Taiwanese breeders employed selection […]

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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 […]

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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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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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 […]

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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Public Private partnerships in the Philippines

(In photo: Research partnerships with Dole-STANFILCO and Lapanday Food Corporation. GCTCV 218 in the background) (In photo: Research partnerships with Dole-STANFILCO, Lapanday Food Corporation and DA-Bureau of Plant Industry. Background is GCTCV 219 planted in 9 hectares farm infested with Foc TR4 in Calinan, Davao City) (In photo: Fusarium wilt of banana in the background, […]