'FHIA-25' at a glance


Credit: Jeff Daniells
Ploidy level


Genome group



Synthetic hybrid

Breeding institute


Breeder's code

4x SH-3648 x 2x SH-3142

ITC code


'FHIA-25' is a cooking banana that was selected in 1997. It was bred by FHIA to be resistant to black leaf streak.

Morphological characteristics

The plant is short (2.5 to 3 m) and its pseudostem is green to light green with more or less abundant dark brown blotches.

Agronomic characteristics

Days from planting to flowering: 355[1], 416.7[2]

Days from flowering to harvest: 159[1], 201.3[2]

Days from planting to harvest: 518{[1], 595.3[2]

Height at shooting (cm): 289.6[2] , 294[1]

Height at harvest (cm):

Girth at shooting (cm): 76.6[2], 87.2[1]

Functional leaves at shooting: 10.9[2]

Total leaves at shooting: 11.7[2]

Mean bunch weight (kg): 38.6, 39.2, 41.4[2], 52.3[1]

Number of hands: 14.7[1]

Total number of fruits: 268{[1]

Number of fruits on hand: 21.7[1]

Finger length (cm): 23.2, 25.6[2]

Finger girth (cm): 13.0[2]

Finger weight (g):

Yield (t/ha): 52.6{[1]

Reaction to diseases and pests

Fungal diseases

Fusarium wilt (Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense)

'FHIA-25' is considered to be resistant to Foc race 1 after field evaluation trials in Australia[3].

Black leaf streak (Mycosphaerella fijiensis)

'FHIA-25' is considered by FHIA to be highly resistant to black leaf streak[4].


1. Gaidashova, S.V., Karemera, F. and Karamura, E.B. 2008.Agronomic performance of introduced banana varieties in lowlands of Rwanda. African Crop Science Journal 16(1):9-16.
2. Njuguna, J., Nguthi, F., Wepukhulu, S., Wambugu, F., Gitau, D., Karuoya, M. and Karamura, D.A. 2008. Introduction and evaluation of improved banana cultivars for agronomic and yield characteristics in Kenya. African Crop Science Journal 16(1):35-40.
3. Williams, R. 2005. Australian banana industry: Status and RandD update. p.19-36. In: Molina, A.B., Xu, L.B., Roa, V.N., Van den Bergh, I. and Borromeo, K.H. (eds.). Proceedings of Proceedings of the 3rd BAPNET Steering Committee Meeting.], Guangzhou (CHN), 2004/11/23-26. Advancing banana and plantain RandD in Asia and the Pacific. INIBAP-ASPNET, Los Baños (PHL).
4. Moore, N.Y., Pegg, K.G., Smith, L., Langdon, P.W., Bentley, S. and Smith, M.K. 2001. Fusarium wilt of banana in Australia. p.64-75. In: Molina, A.B., Nik Masdek, N.H. and Liew, K.W. (eds.). Proceedings of International Workshop on the Banana Fusarium Wilt Disease, Genting Highlands Resort (MYS), 1999/10/18-20. Banana Fusarium wilt management: Towards sustainable cultivation. INIBAP, Los Baños (PHL).

See also on this website

Musapedia pages on FHIA hybrids:
Musapedia pages on improved materials: