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Tribute for the late Ms. Rosa Kambuou

We acknowledged with gratitude the late Ms Rosa Kambuou’s immense contribution to the Banana Research and Development (BRD) in Papua New Guinea (PNG), in the Pacific region and internationally. She was the first PNG representative member in the banana steering committee of the Banana Asia-Pacific Network [BAPNET]. During her term as a member of the […]

New banana resists Panama wilt

APRIL 2014 AGRICULTURE MAGAZINE THE April 2014 issue of Agriculture Magazine is now being printed and is expected to be off the press very soon. The cover features the big bunch of GCTCV 219 banana flanked by Dr. Agustin Molina of Bioversity International and Emil Diamante of Philippine Fresh Fruits Corporation of Davao City.. GCTCV […]

New variety resists banana disease

by Zac Sarian February 26, 2014 A new banana variety is proving to be a promising answer to the very destructive Panama Wilt disease, a.k.a. Fusarium Wilt, that has been progressively infecting Cavendish plantations in Mindanao in recent years. The new variety is a variant of tissue-cultured Giant Cavendish from Taiwan better known simply as […]

An inconvenient truth about the Cavendish industry in Asia and the Philippines

A catastrophic dilemma is now lurking in the midst of Asia’s banana industry. The deadly Fusarium wilt (Panama wilt) Tropical Race 4 (TR4) disease has long emerged in China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, and the Philippines. But of late, aggressive spread has been reported specifically in the Philippines and China, two major Cavendish producers in the […]

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New strain of banana disease arrives in Africa

A destructive strain of a banana wilt disease has been discovered on Cavendish bananas in Mozambique. The disease, widely known as Foc TR4, is a form of Fusarium wilt or Panama disease, caused by the fungus Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense Tropical Race 4. This fungus has devastated banana plantations in Asia over the past […]

American plant pathologists visit Bioversity Philippines

  October 9, 2013 – Dr. Bob Kemerait (left), Professor at University of Georgia (UGA), and Dr. John Sherwood (right), Head of the Department of Plant Pathology at UGA and past president of the American Phytopathology Society, visited Bioversity International’s Asia-Pacific Office in the Philippines yesterday. Dr. Gus Molina, Senior Scientist and Regional Coordinator of Bioversity […]

Bioversity’s New Programme Leader visits the Philippines

  Dr. Dietmar Stoian, Programme Leader of the Commodity Systems and Genetic Resources Programme of Bioversity International, based in Montpellier, France, visited the Philippines Office on 16-20 September. He met with the regional team and the project partners to keep abreast with current activities and regional initiatives. Field visit to project sites were also part […]

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ISHS/ProMusa Symposium and call for abstracts

The ISHS/ProMusa Symposium that will be held as one of the symposia of the 29th International Horticultural Congress in Brisbane, Australia on 17-22 August, 2014. Deadline for abstracts is November 1st 2013. Banana acts as a starchy staple food crop for approximately 500 million people, particularly those in the least developed countries, where many poor […]