Tag Archives: Fusarium wilt

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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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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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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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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Japanese market accepts Fusarium wilt resistant Cavendish banana variety

    “With optimization ofharvesting time and ripening protocol, innovative packaging of clusters of 4-5 fingersand 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 reported. ‘GCTCV-219’ (for Giant Cavendish Tissue Culture Variant) is a variety with good […]

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An inconvenient truth about the Cavendish industry in Asia and the Philippines

A catastrophic dilemma is now lurking in the midst of Asia’s banana industry. The deadly Fusarium wilt (Panama wilt) Tropical Race 4 (TR4) disease has long emerged in China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, and the Philippines. But of late, aggressive spread has been reported specifically in the Philippines and China, two major Cavendish producers in the […]

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