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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 […]

American plant pathologists visit Bioversity Philippines

  October 9, 2013 – Dr. Bob Kemerait (left), Professor at University of Georgia (UGA), and Dr. John Sherwood (right), Head of the Department of Plant Pathology at UGA and past president of the American Phytopathology Society, visited Bioversity International’s Asia-Pacific Office in the Philippines yesterday. Dr. Gus Molina, Senior Scientist and Regional Coordinator of Bioversity […]

Banana Stakeholders’ Meeting in Davao

Dr. Agustin Molina speaks before the members of PBGEA in Davao, Philippines In the Philippines, TR4 has been a major issue among Cavendish growers with over a thousand hectares of plantation infected by TR4 since 2010. In the General Assembly of the Mindanao Banana Farmers and Exporters Association, Inc. (MBFEA, Inc.), an association of  small […]

Meeting with Australian Growers

(Left) Dr. Tony Pattison of DAFFQ shows a banana pseudostem infected by Fusarium wilt. (Right) The banana growers are given more dose of lectures with actual field demonstrations by the scientific experts. (Photo credit: Brian Cassey) A back-to-back activity was organized by the Australian Banana Growers’ Association (ABGA) and the Queensland’s Department of Agriculture, Fisheries […]