banana plant News

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • GM bananas could cut blindness, anaemia in East Africa

    Bio-fortified bananas that could reduce blindness, diarrhoea and anaemia are a step closer, according to the preliminary results of a joint research project between Ugandan and Australian scientists. Genetically modified (GM) bananas containing genes to boost their vitamin A and iron content have been planted in Australia and Uganda over the past two years (2009–2010). The first harvest ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • From tequila to the `tree of life`, bats are nature`s invaluable allies

    Were you aware that bats are key pollinators in many parts of the world? Pollination is a vital ecosystem service without which many of our key industries such as agriculture and pharmaceuticals would collapse or incur heavy costs for artificial substitution. TEEB has found that in some estimates, over 75% of the worlds crop plants, as well as many plants that are source species for ...

  • Climate change could spread major coffee pest

    Coffee production in parts of East Africa and South America could suffer as climate change drives up the numbers and distribution of a key pest, according to research. Scientists from the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) in Kenya say their study provides the first global maps of the coffee ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Clean ethylene production method developed by US scientists

    A new method of making one of the world's most commonly produced organic compounds, ethylene, is going to prevent millions of metric tons’ worth of greenhouse gas emissions, according to federal government scientists. The technology created by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory is a high-temperature membrane that can produce ethylene from an ethane stream ...

  • 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

  • AgroFresh introduces LandSpring technology, an innovative pre-planting application that reduces transplant shock in tomatoes and peppers

    AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: AGFS), a global leader in produce freshness solutions, has introduced its new LandSpring product, a 1-Methylcyclopropene (1-MCP) technology for use on transplanted vegetable seedlings.  LandSpring, currently registered for use on tomato and pepper crops, reduces transplant shock resulting in lower seedling mortality and faster crop establishment, which ...


    By AgroFresh

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