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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]