Featured page - Tropical race 4 (TR4)
Tropical race 4 (TR4
) is the name that used to be given to the fungus that causes Fusarium wilt
in Cavendish bananas
. It emerged in southeast Asia and spread to the Middle East, Mozambique in Africa and Colombia in the Americas. In 2019, TR4 was shown to be a distinct species, instead of of a pathogenic strain of Fusarium oxysporum
, and was renamed Fusarium odoratissimum
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Which group of bananas is rich in precursors of vitamin A?
What is a banana mat?
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Which part of the banana plant is called sucker?
What is the natural range of wild bananas?
What is a checklist of banana cultivars?
Are Plantains a type of banana?
How do scientists classify banana cultivars?
Most popular page - The morphology of the banana plant
The banana is a tree-like perennial herb. It is an herb because the fruit-bearing stem dies down after the growing season. It is a perennial because suckers
, shoots arising from lateral buds on the rhizome
, take over and develop into fruit-bearing stems. What looks like a trunk is in fact a pseudostem
formed by tightly packed leaf sheaths.
Musa acuminata ssp. banksii is one of the wild bananas whose genetic signature is found in edible bananas, especially those from the New Guinea area.