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New disease-resistant banana variety accepted in Japan

Japan has opened its door to a new type of packaged bananas developed by Philippine growers to be resistant to the dreaded Panama disease. Known to breeders as Giant Cavendish Tissue-Culture Variant (GCTCV-219), the new variety is resistant to Fusarium wilt, more commonly called Panama disease, and could thus be a potential alternative for the […]

Suspected Panama disease Tropical Race 4 near Tully

A suspected case of the soil-borne fungal disease Panama Tropical Race 4 is being investigated in Tully. This is a major issue for the Australian banana industry and the Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC) will be keeping growers informed on the issue. Below is the media release of Queensland Government, Department of Agriculture, Forestry and […]

Panama disease: Far north Queensland plantation may have state’s first case of a tropical race 4 disease

A banana plantation in far north Queensland has been quarantined while authorities investigate the state’s first suspected case of a devastating strand of Panama disease. Biosecurity Queensland quarantined the plantation near Tully, south of Cairns, overnight following an initial positive test result for Panama disease tropical race 4 overnight. Further urgent testing is being done […]

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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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Dr. Patricio Faylon Retires from PCAARRD

Dr Patricio Faylon retired as Executive Director of  Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development, a funding, planning and coordinating council of the Department of Science and Technology (PCAARRD-DOST)  effective February 1, 2015, after a long, prolific and outstanding service to PCAARRD and the Philippine NARS.  During his watch at PCAARRD, […]

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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Japanese market accepts Fusarium wilt resistant Cavendish banana variety

    “With optimization ofharvesting time and ripening protocol, innovative packaging of clusters of 4-5 fingersand 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 reported. ‘GCTCV-219’ (for Giant Cavendish Tissue Culture Variant) is a variety with good […]

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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 […]

International Banana Symposium 2014

We are inviting everyone to join the International Banana Symposium 2014 back-to-back with DAVAO TRADE EXPO 2014 (DATE) on November 19-22, 2014 at SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang, Davao City Entrance to DATE 2014 is free. For details on how to have a more active and engaged presence during the DAVAO TRADE EXPO 2014 or International […]