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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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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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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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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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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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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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