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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International Banana Symposium 2014

Introduction The International Banana Symposium, in parallel with the Davao Trade Expo (DATE), was held on 19- 22 November 2014 at the SMX Convention Centre, SM Lanang Premier, Davao City, the Philippines and explored the subject “Davao: from local agriculture to global agribusiness”. The Symposium was co-organized by the Davao Chamber of Commerce and Bioverity […]

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 […]

The resistant varieties are going a long way

Forging business partnership between Taiwan Banana Research Institute (TBRI) and African Company to help sustain banana production threatened by a disease. In the picture are staff of TBRI and from the Council of Agriculture (COA) of Taiwan. On my right are: Ms Grace Lih-Fang Lin, Deputy Director General of COA, Mr Henry Murray, General Manager […]

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, […]

Congratulations Doc Gus!

Bioversity International recognizes the 17 years of dedicated and outstanding research outputs and impacts of research of Gus Molina – Sr. Scientist and Regional Coordinator for Asia and the Pacific). Stephan Weise, Deputy Director General of Bioversity (Rome), accorded the recognition and token of appreciation (Rome, Italy) during the Science Week meeting of Bioversity in […]