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RTB partners on alert over the spread of Banana Bunchy Top Disease in Sub-Saharan Africa

Banana Bunchy Top Disease (BBTD) of plantains and bananas is caused by a destructive virus which is very difficult to eradicate. While it has already been detected in at least 14 African countries, its impact in the affected regions is drastic: diseased plants are severely stunted and do not produce fruits. Considering the urgent need […]

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On farm Musa germplasm diversity in Democratic Republic of Congo

Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is an important zone of secondary diversification of plantains (Musa AAB) and East African Highland bananas (Musa AAA-EA). Adequate knowledge on existing cultivar diversity is lacking, yet knowledge of Musa genetic diversity and the geographical spread of banana and plantain cultivars in DR Congo will provide valuable information to breeders […]

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African organizations unite to address the threat of a dangerous form of Fusarium wilt of banana

Following the introduction of Foc TR4 in a commercial plantation in Mozambique (see  FoC TR4 found in Africa ), an  African consortium of international researchers and growers, backed by policymakers in regional blocs of eastern and southern Africa has declared “war” against Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense tropical race 4 (Foc TR4), a highly pathogenic […]

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Help identify stress-tolerant species Bioversity International is conducting a survey (Deadline: 7 February) to assess perspectives from around the world on which traditional crops are tolerant of stressful growing conditions. This is part of an effort to document and draw attention to the role of traditional crops in climate change adaptation under the IFAD NUS […]

Towards a better access to literature on bananas

A new version of Musalit, the largest repository of references on banana, was recently put online. The new Musalit interface provides better access to documents and improved search functionalities to help users navigate the database’s close to 15,000 records.  In addition to offering more search fields, it also makes it possible to refine the results […]

Second announcement of the ISHS/ProMusa Symposium: Unravelling the banana’s genomic potential

The upcoming ISHS/ProMusa Symposium will be held as one of the symposia of the 29th International Horticultural Congress in Brisbane, Australia on 17-22 August, 2014. Banana acts as a starchy staple food crop for approximately 500 million people, particularly those in the least developed countries, where many poor families are involved in its cultivation and […]

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Just published

Bananas and plantains: Towards sustainable global production and improved use The proceedings of the ISHS-ProMusa symposium are available. You can read the abstracts of the papers presented by regional scientists on the Latest publications pages. Leaping and learning: linking smallholder farmers in Africa to markets Policy Analysis and Advocacy Programme (PAAP) Newsletter Vol 16 No. […]

RTB partners on alert over the spread of Banana Bunchy Top Disease in Africa

Banana Bunchy Top Disease (BBTD) of plantains and bananas is caused by a destructive virus which is very difficult to eradicate. While it has already been detected in at least 14 African countries, its impact in the affected regions is drastic: diseased plants are severely stunted and do not produce fruits. “BBTD has the potential […]

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Africa Feeding Africa through Agricultural Science and Innovation

Accra, Ghana – Every three years, the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) convenes a continental gathering of all stakeholders involved in African agricultural development. This has come to be known as the Africa Agriculture Science Week. The 6th Africa Agriculture Science Week will take place in Accra from 15 to 19 July. Bioversity […]

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