Musa balbisiana

Musa balbisiana at a glance











Musa balbisiana

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Musa balbisiana is a wild species of bananas. It is at the origin of many edible bananas through its hybridization with Musa acuminata and is associated with tolerance to abiotic stresses.

A draft genome sequence was produced by Belgian and Malaysian scientists using the Pisang Klutuk Wulung genebank accession[1]. A reference sequence is being produced by a French-Chinese team[2].

Main characteristics

Host reaction to pests and diseases

Musa balbisiana accessions displayed resistance to Xanthomonas wilt in a greenhouse trial[3]. In later screenhouse and field trials, Musa balbisiana plants were symptom-free 6 weeks after a single inoculation at dosages that caused disease on the Pisang Awak controls[4]. Disease symptoms were observed six weeks after a second inoculation, but only at the highest dosages.


1. Davey, M.W., Gudimella, R., Harikrishna, J.A., Sin, L.W., Khalid, N. and Keulemans, J. 2013. A draft Musa balbisiana genome sequence for molecular genetics in polyploid, inter- and intra-specific Musa hybrids. BMC Genomics 14(1):683.
3. Tripathi, L., Odipio, J., Tripathi, J.N. and Tusiime, G. 2008. A rapid technique for screening banana cultivars for resistance to Xanthomonas wilt. European Journal of Plant Pathology 121(1):9-19.
4. Kumakech, A., Kiggundu, A. and Okori, P. 2013. Reaction of Musa balbisiana to Banana bacterial wilt infection. African Crop Science Journal 21(4):337-346.

See also

Search for images of Musa balbisiana in the Musarama image bank
Musapedia pages on wild banana species
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Page last modified on Thursday, 21 September 2017 12:16:37 CEST by Anne Vézina.