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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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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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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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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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