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Musapedia

The banana knowledge compendium


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Musapedia is an effort to tap into the vast collective knowledge on the banana and to make sense of it through concise and clearly written texts that can be edited by anyone with information to share, be it in English, French or Spanish. To ensure that the information is reliable, experts will periodically be asked to review contents related to their field of expertise. The aim of Musapedia is to be a trustworthy source of knowledge about bananas.
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Featured page - Tropical race 4 (TR4)

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Tropical race 4 (TR4) is the name given to the strain of Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense that causes Fusarium wilt in Cavendish bananas. It emerged in southeast Asia and spread to the Middle East and Africa. It is considered as the greatest threat to banana production because of its lethal impact, wide host range and persistence in the soil.
 
 

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Most popular page - The morphology of the banana plant

Image The banana plant is a tree-like perennial herb. It is an herb because its aerial parts die down to the ground after the growing season and it is a perennial because an offshoot growing at the base of the plant, the sucker, replaces the mother plant. What looks like a trunk is in fact a a pseudostem made from tightly packed leaf sheaths.
 
 

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'Talasea’ is a diploid cooking banana that produces long and slender fruits whose peel is almost white with a reddish blush that fades with maturity. It was named after a district of West New Britain. In Melanesia, people who bring home new cultivars often name them after the place where they collected it or the name of the person who gave it to them. (Photo by Gabriel Sachter-Smith)

The creamy white slender fruits of 'Talasea’, one of the bananas featured in the In pictures on collecting bananas in Bougainville

Throughout the website, banana refers to both the sweet types that are eaten raw and the starchy ones that are cooked. Find out why we don't say banana and plantain.

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