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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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