banana disease News

  • Global programme seeks to contain serious threat to the world’s bananas

    A fungus poses major risks to the world's banana production  and could cause vast commercial losses and even greater damage to the livelihoods of the 400 million people who rely on the world's most traded fruit as a staple food or source of income. FAO and its partners Bioversity International, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture and the World Banana Forum have launched a ...

  • FAO urges countries to step up action against destructive banana disease

    The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is warning countries to step up monitoring, reporting and prevention of one of the world’s most destructive banana diseases, Fusarium wilt, which recently spread from Asia to Africa and the Middle East, and which has the potential to affect countries in Latin America. The ...

  • `Banana has a future after all`

    The banana has been severely affected by fungal diseases that can only be combated by using omore and more plant protection products. In the last century, the much-loved Gros Michel banana variety was wiped out as a result of Panama disease. But now the replacement variety Cavendish – available in every supermarket – is at risk. At his inauguration as professor by special appointment ...

  • The changing face of global banana trade

    Despite the continued importance of multinational companies in the global trade of bananas, their involvement in banana production has fallen dramatically over the past three decades, shifting their sphere of action to favor other areas in the sector and opening the door to opportunities for other companies. This view of the changing nature of the global ...

  • Cultural change in Kenyan banana farming

    Farmers in Nkubu, Meru County, central Kenya, are experimenting with a new banana production method with the help of the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and the Kaguri Agricultural Training Centre The introduction of laboratory grown tissue culture banana seedlings has significantly boosted the local economy. Such tissue cultures allow ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • DNA of banana fungus unravelled for more sustainable banana crops

    An international consortium led by scientists from Wageningen UR (University & Research centre) has unravelled the DNA of Pseudocercospora fijiensis, the fungus that causes the much-feared black Sigatoka disease in bananas. The findings provide leads for increasing the sustainability of banana cultivation, for instance through the development of a resistant banana plant. The results were ...

  • Genome sequencing could boost African banana production

    The entire genome of the banana plant has been sequenced, offering insights into its genetic evolution that could lead to significant future genetic improvements, the researchers involved have said. The study’s lead researcher, Angelique D'Hont, from the French Agricultural Research Centre for International ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • New $13.8 million project aims to boost banana production in Uganda and Tanzania

    Millions of smallholder banana farmers in Tanzania and Uganda are set to benefit from a new $13.8 million project to develop and distribute higher-yielding, disease-resistant hybrid banana varieties. The effort is being funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). Rony Swennen, a ...

  • Fight against Black Sigatoka must continue to save small Caribbean banana farms

    FAO warns that without increased commitment to combat Black Sigatoka Disease, which has ravaged banana and plantain production in the Caribbean, vulnerable people could face food insecurity if the disease situation is allowed to further deteriorate. Black Sigatoka disease is considered one of the most dangerous diseases of banana and plantain. It spread from Asia and reached the Caribbean in ...

  • AgBiome Granted Multi-year Award to Discover Biological Solutions to Diseases Affecting Subsistence Crops of Sub-Saharan Africa

    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded AgBiome a new multi-year grant, entitled “Broad-Spectrum Biological Control of Fungal Diseases,” which will fund the evaluation and development of lead, proprietary biological fungicides in the fields of African smallholder farmers. The aim of the project is to identify and validate biological fungicides to control one or more of ...


    By AgBiome, Inc.

  • Uganda starts `historic` trials on GM staple crops

    Ugandan researchers will carry out a series of field trials on some of the major food crops that have been genetically modified (GM), following several recent approvals by the Uganda National Biosafety Committee, despite a lack of clear legislation on commercialising any such products within the country. They will seek to develop both transgenic and conventional maize varieties tolerant to ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Sub-Saharan Africa news in brief: 7–20 October 2010

    Below is a roundup of news from or about Sub-Saharan Africa for the period 7–20 October 2010 Cattle plague eradicated, scientists announce Scientists celebrated the eradication of the deadly cattle plague rinderpest last Friday (15 October). It is only the second time, following the eradication of smallpox 30 years ago, that a viral disease has been wiped out. The UN Food and ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Climate-smart farming takes root in Kenya

    Like most African countries, Kenya is highly vulnerable to the impact of climate change. There is growing concern about potential stress on fragile ecosystems and rural communities, especially in the arid and semi-arid agro-ecological zones and some humid highland areas of the country. In keeping with the Strategy for Revitalizing Agriculture (SRA) of Kenya 2010-2015 and Kenya's vision 2030, ...

  • Resistance genes from wild relatives of crops offer opportunities for more sustainable agriculture worldwidew

    Growing crops with stacks of two or more resistance genes from closely related species, introduced into the crop via for instance genetic engineering, combined with the simultaneous introduction of resistance management, can ensure the long-term resistance of these plants to economically significant and aggressive diseases. The combination offers opportunities to make agriculture more sustainable ...

  • BioNovelus Reveals New Green Solution For Food Security at International Agricultural Fair

    With ever increasing interest internationally in organic agriculture, BioNovelus’ (PINKSHEETS: ONOV) booth at Agritrade Expo and Conference which took place March 23 and 24 in Guatemala commanded a lot of attention during the two-day fair. BioNovelus CEO and President, Jean Ekobo, who led the company’s Central American delegation, was not surprised that interest in the company’s ...


    By BioNovelus Inc.

  • Overcoming Smallholder Challenges with Biotechnology

    A new FAO publication calls for greater national and international efforts to bring agricultural biotechnologies to smallholder producers in developing countries. The publication, Biotechnologies at Work for Smallholders: Case Studies from Developing Countries in Crops, Livestock and Fish, asserts biotechnologies can help ...

  • Pigeon pea genome sequence could boost yields

    More than a billion people could soon benefit from improved yields of the important drought-resistant crop pigeon pea now that its genome has been sequenced by a global partnership. The sequence, published online in Nature Biotechnology last week (6 November), should cut the time it takes to develop higher-yielding pigeon pea varieties from the 6–10 years required for traditional breeding ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • The dirty dozen - food you should always buy organic

    Intensive farming is a common practice among farmers aiming to produce more food for the growing population. Intensive farming maximizes yields through various means such as heavy use of pesticides which tend to be used untimely, in too many applications and in too high of a dosage. Although the use of pesticides has its benefits, such as controlling or killing potential disease-causing organisms ...


    By Agrivi Ltd

  • Sub-Saharan Africa news in brief: 9–22 September 2010

    Below is a round up of news from or about Sub-Saharan Africa for the period 9–22 September 2010 More seed companies key to Africa's much-awaited Green Revolution Africa needs more seed companies that will "multiply, market, and disseminate improved seed varieties" to enable farmers to increase food production, according to an International Institute of Tropical Agriculture ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Improving the productivity of tropical potato cultivation

    Potatoes thrive in tropical highlands. The tubers are healthier than rice, banana or cassava, and can play an important role in food security. Production is, however, often very low due to various diseases and farmers can struggle to generate sufficient added value. This is where Wageningen comes in.Potato specialist Anton Haverkort travels the world giving advice on how to bring cultivation ...

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