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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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Foc TR4 found in Africa

An experienced team of scientists has been mobilized to deal with the introduction of an Asian strain of the banana wilt fungus FocTR4 (Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense ‘tropical’ race 4) into the African continent. This strain of the Panama disease fungus was discovered in a commercial Cavendish banana export plantation in northern Mozambique. “How […]

Research may save future banana cultivation

Bananas are the cheapest fruit in the produce aisle today, but due to climate change and the lack of genetic diversity among the banana crop, the price to produce and export this fruit is increasing. This is according to Brian Machovina, a researcher of the Department of Biological Sciences, who studied the impact climate change […]

Share your crop knowledge

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 […]

Nominations open for ‘The World Academy of Sciences Prizes 2014′

Deadline: 28 February 2014 The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) is inviting nominations from all its members as well as science academies, national research councils, universities and scientific institutions in developing and developed countries for TWAS Prizes 2014. The major aim of the award program is to recognize and support outstanding achievements made by scientists. […]

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Costa Rica to host International Banana Congress

The event, organised by national banana corporation Corbana, will focus on technical and commercial challenges facing the banana business today Managing the risk posed to global banana production by diseases such as Black Sigatoka and Panama disease will be one of the key topics up for discussion at the V International Banana Congress, which is […]

New Products from Banana stalks to raise Farmers’ Income

Banana stalks have industrial uses that can give banana growers additional income, government-funded research has found. Banana stalk fiber may be used in pulp paper production and composite fiber boards, with researchers noting that the stalk is also a source of dietary extenders for meat products such as burgers, frankfurters and ham. Readmore Banana Peduncle […]

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Banana Fungus poses global risk

A devastating fungal disease has hit a leading variety of banana in Africa and Middle East. There are now fears that the world’s major banana production in Latin America will be affected. Read more: