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Farmer-friendly method controls banana Xanthomonas wilt (BXW) disease

Bioversity International, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the Institutional Learning and Change (ILAC) Initiative under the umbrella of the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas are collaborating on efforts to get banana farmers in East and Central Africa to adopt new and simpler approach to contain the devastating disease caused […]

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How can we produce more manure on-farm for our bananas?

Throughout East Africa farmers prefer manure as the best alternative to make bananas more productive.  Yet, many smallholders don’t have the land or capital to raise cattle. A just completed publication for farm households and field organizations details the experiences of farm households in Central Uganda in producing more manure on farm on-farm for their […]

Integrated Systems Research for Sustainable Intensification in Smallholder Agriculture

Agricultural scientists argue that systems research offers solutions to tackle poverty, hunger and environmental degradation together.  Agricultural scientists and researchers from over 30 nations gather for several days at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, Nigeria, for the International Conference on Integrated Systems for Sustainable Intensification in Smallholder Agriculture, which lasts March […]

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New Guide and factsheets for producing clean planting material of banana

Already available on line in four linguistic versions including Arabic, and soon on CD-ROM, this illustrated guide summarizes the key practices for producing clean planting material of banana with a high yield potential for smallholders, depending on the pests and diseases which are present. The guide is also designed to contribute to better planning of […]

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Launch of the new MGIS website!

The Musa Germplasm Information System (MGIS) team at Bioversity International and its MusaNet partners are very pleased to announce the launch of the new and improved MGIS website! The purpose of this work was to provide the most comprehensive information related to Musa germplasm accessions maintained in the global in vitro collection at Bioversity’s International […]

Unexpected demise of Kenya representative to Barnesa: Dr Margaret Onyango

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the unwelcome and untimely demise of Dr Margaret Onyango. Borlaug LEAP Fellow Alumni, Margaret received her PhD in Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA in 2007. Her mentor was Professor Richard Manshardt of the University of Hawaii and […]

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Regional-level strategies to further prevent Panama disease from spreading

Over the past decade, banana production in East Asian countries is increasingly under pressure due to the outbreak of a new, highly virulent strain of banana wilt disease, Tropical race 4 (TR4), caused by the fungus Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense (Foc), also known as Panama Disease.  Within the last year, this powerful strain of Panama […]

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Goats and bananas to fight poverty

Bananas in central Uganda are a major staple and income source, supporting both rural and urban populations. Due to poor soils and high pest pressure farm households face increasing challenges to maintain banana productivity to capture income opportunities from nearby markets.  Inputs used traditionally (grass mulch, crop residue, and animal manure) have become scarce and […]

Rehabilitating banana fields devastated by Xanthomonas wilt

Promusa published the story of Katana’s banana farmers in the Democratic Republic of Congo which illustrates how destructive Xanthomonas wilt can be, but also how manageable it is. After one year of applying SDSR, nearly all the plants look healthy. Three years ago, Xanthomonas wilt, commonly known as BXW, reached the village of Katana overlooking […]

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IHC 2014 – ProMusa Symposium ‘Unravelling the banana’s genomic potential’

The sequence of the banana genome, recently unravelled, provides access to the plant’s over 36,000 genes, making it possible to identify those genes responsible for particular traits, such as disease resistance, dwarfism, fruit quality and many more, and open up many exciting new opportunities. The aim of the ISHS/ProMusa Symposium,  held as one of the […]

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