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.
Host reaction to pests and diseases
Musa balbisiana accessions displayed resistance to Xanthomonas wilt in a greenhouse trial. 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. Disease symptoms were observed six weeks after a second inoculation, but only at the highest dosages.