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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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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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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 […]

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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Saving the Philippine banana industry from the dreaded Panama wilt disease

Fusarium wilt disease, caused by Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense (Foc), is a major concern of the global banana industry having wiped out the Gros michel plantations in Central America which consequently caused the costly shift to Foc resistant Cavendish varieties in the 1950s. A virulent strain that attacks Cavendish, the Foc Tropical race 4 […]

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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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