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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Fusarium Wilt in Vietnam

Two years ago (November 2015), I went to visit northern Vietnam with Dr Tranh of FAVRI and Dr. Chao of TBRI. We visited a 300-hectare plantation of Tall Williams in Lao Cai province, a hilly plantation in the border of Vietnam and Yunnan province of China. It was a very panoramic plantation curbed on the […]

Bioversity/ BAPNET/ NARS/ Industry Collaboration Outcomes

Saving the Cavendish industry with Foc TR4 resistant variety. A new hope in sustaining Cavendish production and trade using GCTCVs, originally developed by the Taiwan Banana Research Institute through selection from Tissue Culture somaclonal variants. These were shared by TBRI through Bioversity International/BAPNET; evaluated and promoted through public-private partnerships in the Philippines with leadership and coordination […]

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Public Private Partnerships in the management of Foc Tropical Race 4 in the Davao Region, Philippines

Bioversity with DA-RFU XI, Bureau of Plant Industry and DA-BAR project donors visiting the commercial farms in Davao City adopting the use of the Foc resistant somaclones GCTCV 218 and GCTCV 219 in their Cavendish plantations to manage Foc TR4.        

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The use of resistant varieties in an integrated management of epidemics of Fusarium Wilt Tropical Race 4 in the Philippines

Gus Molina, Emily Fabregar, Noel Perpetua, Benny Corcolon, Lorna Herradura, Susan Razo and Vida Grace Sinohin A.MOLINA@cgiar.org Dr. Agustin Molina, Senior Scientist and Regional Coordinator for Asia and the Pacific of Bioversity International, presenting a keynote paper entitled, “The use of resistant varieties in an integrated management of epidemics of Fusarium Wilt Tropical Race 4 […]

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Research and production experiences in Asia suggest that Panama disease (Foc TR4) will not destroy the Cavendish banana industry

Dr. Agustin B. Molina Bioversity International/Banana Asia Pacific Network Western media is fixated with reporting that Panama Disease caused by Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense (Foc TR4) will lead to the disappearance of Cavendish bananas from supermarkets. This is in reaction to certain researchers predicting the unavoidable incursion of the fungus into Latin American banana […]

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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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