Participants of the MusaNet NRCB workshop on drought phenotyping for banana, 7-11 March 2023, NRCB, Trichy, India MusaNet, together with the National Research Centre for Banana (NRCB) in Tiruchirappalli, India, held an international workshop on drought phenotyping for banana from Read More
The Alliance of Bioversity and CIAT, under the framework of the global banana research network MusaNet, has published a catalogue of wild Musa (banana) species, which is also a tribute to the late banana taxonomist Markku Häkkinen. The 233 page Read More
The XII International Symposium on banana: Celebrating banana organic production was organized as part of the 31st International Horticultural Congress held in Angers, France, from 14 to 20 August 2022. The symposium took stock of recent developments in organic banana Read More
Two private-sector companies in Ghana have invested in the promotion of science and technology to support the plantain industry and farmers’ livelihoods. Kumad Global Impact LTD and Afarinick Company LTD have adopted the macropropagation technique to establish 100 acres of Read More
Jorge Sandoval, Director de Investigación de la Corporación Bananera Nacional (CORBANA) en Costa Rica, y un representante regional de MusaNet para MusaLAC (red bananera para América Latina y el Caribe). Aquí reflexiona sobre su carrera en una discusión con Rachel Chase de la Alianza de Bioversity International y CIAT.
Priver Namanya Bwesigye, head of Uganda’s banana research programme at the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO), recounts how despite being a girl in a traditional society, her father encouraged her to go to school, which then allowed her to pursue a career in banana research.
For the past 2 decades, Xanthomonas wilt of banana (aka XW) has severely compromised the livelihoods of millions of banana dependent households in the East and Central African (ECA) region. Where XW has occurred, it has reduced the availability of banana in households and markets; often increased food prices, food and income insecurity; led to loss of key ecosystem services (e.g. erosion control) and in general led to socio-economic insecurity. Like the coronavirus that quickly spreads within a susceptible human population, the bacterial pathogen that causes XW can disperse rapidly through a population of susceptible banana plants.
La raza 4 Tropical de Fusarium fue recientemente reportada e Sullana, Perú, donde hace 10 años atrás MusaLAC celebró su Primer Congreso Latinoamericano y del Caribe de Plátanos y Bananos. En ese congreso, la amenaza de Foc R4T, y la necesidad de su prevención fue ampliamente discutida en el marco del cambio climático.
Despite the motivation and dedication of the international banana community, there are still gaps in our understanding of banana diversity and its conservation. As an example, the 2016 Global Strategy for the Conservation and Use of Musa Genetic Resources highlighted gaps in the conservation of bananas typical to the Pacific region such as the cooking Maoli – Populou and Iholena and the rare, pro-vitamin A rich Fe’i bananas.