Unravelling the banana's genomic potential

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The fourth ISHS-ProMusa symposium was organized as part of the 29th International Horticultural Congress held in Brisbane, Australia, from 18 to 20 August 2014. The theme of the symposium was Unravelling the banana's genomic potential. This page also includes presentations on bananas given in other symposia.

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Symposium photos
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Symposium speakers

Field trips


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Symposium oral presentations


Angélique D’Hont, Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement, France
The Musa reference genome sequence: a new template to help exploit banana diversity (PDF 3.1 MB)



Uma Subbaraya, National Research Centre for Banana, India
Understanding the diversity and reproductive biology of banana – for improvement through basic research (PDF 1.1 MB)

Oral presentations

Rhiannon Crichton, Bioversity International, France
Checklist of banana cultivars (PDF 1.4 MB)

Agus Sutanto, Indonesian Tropical Fruit Research Institute, Indonesia
Collecting banana germplasm in the Indonesian triangle (PDF 1.7 MB)

Jeff Daniells, Department Of Agriculture, Fisheries And Forestry, Australia
Bananas adrift in time – a case study in the Solomons (PDF 1.5 MB)

Guy Blomme, Bioversity International, Uganda
On-farm Musa germplasm diversity status across different agro-ecologies in North and South Kivu, Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (PDF 2.2 MB)

Brian Irish, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), USA
Evaluation and characterization of banana (Musa ssp.) at the USDA-ARS tropical agriculture research station (PDF 1.7 MB)

Babita Dussoruth, Agricultural Research and Extension Unit (AREU), Mauritius
Genetic diversity study of banana accessions in Mauritius using low-cost SNP’s detection technology (PDF 834 kB)

Sumali Jayaweera, Plant Genetic Resources Centre, Sri Lanka
Genetic diversity and population structure of wild banana (Musa balbisiana) populations in Sri Lanka (PDF 1.14 MB)



Altus Viljoen, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
Protecting bananas against biotic stresses in the genomic era (PDF 1.7 MB)

Sebastien Carpentier, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
The quest for drought tolerant varieties: phenotyping the Musa biodiversity at plant and cellular level (PDF 1.76 MB)

Oral presentations

Rob Miller, Universidade de Brasília (UNB), Brazil
Development of microsatellite markers for genes related to defence responses in Musa acuminata  (PDF 1.8 MB)

Elisabeth Aitken, University of Queensland (UQ), Australia
Identifying resistance to Fusarium wilt in banana (Pdf 514 kB)

Reuben Tendo Ssali, National Agricultural Research Organization - Uganda (NARO), Uganda
Identification of DaRT markers for the Fusarium wilt resistance gene, pd1, in Musa by bulk segregant analysis (PDF 867 kB)

E. Czislowski, University of Queensland (UQ), Australia
Identifying Pathogenicity Genes in Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense

Agustin Molina, Bioversity International, Philippines
Resistance to Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense in African bananas (PDF 2.6 MB)

Uma Subbaraya, National Research Centre for Banana, India
Identification of Mycosphaerella eumusae responsive unique genes/transcripts from resistant banana cultivar

Backyiarani Suthanthiram, National Research Centre For Banana (ICAR)
Genome and transcriptome wide analysis of WRKY transcription factors for Pratylenchus coffeae resistance in banana

Jennifer Ann Harikrishna, University of Malaya, Malaysia
The banana salt stress transcriptome: large and small RNA expression in stressed banana (PDF 1.5 MB)

Cláudia Ferreira, Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (EMBRAPA ), Brazil
Histological characterization of banana (Musa spp.) genotypes submitted to water deficit (PDF 766 kB)



Frédéric Bakry, Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement, France
Advances in genomics: applications to banana breeding  (PDF 2.6 MB)

Oral presentations

Pierre-Yves Teycheney, Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD), France
How genomics fuel breeding : unraveling the structure of infectious eBSV lead to the end of the BSV constraint for breeding banana interspecific hybrids

Jerome Kubiriba, National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO), Uganda
Transgenic resistance to both the Fusarium wilt and black leaf streak of banana

Walter Ocimati, Bioversity International, Uganda
Suppression of ubiquitin E2 gene through RNA interference causes mortality in the banana weevil, Cosmopolites sordidus (PDF 701 kB)

Edson Perito Amorim, Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (EMBRAPA ), Brazil
Selection of putative ‘Terra Maranhão’ plantain mutants obtained by gamma radiation (PDF 1 MB)

Edson Perito Amorim, Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (EMBRAPA ), Brazil
Genetic Dissimilarity and Selection of Putative Mutants of “Terra Maranhão” Plantain Cultivar Using the Ward-MLM Strategy (PDF 721 kB)

Haya Friedman, Volcani Center, Israel
Ripening programs in banana peel and pulp and the role of MaMADs2 transcriptional regulator



James Dale, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Bananas: an attractive vehicle to improve human health and nutrition

Oral presentations

Beatrice Ekesa, Bioversity International, Uganda
Sensory evaluation of vitamin-a rich Musa cultivars on trial in Burundi and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (PDF 599 kB)

Agustin Molina, Bioversity International, Philippines
Field resistance to Fusarium wilt (TR4) of Cavendish somaclone variants and local cultivars in the Philippines (PDF 2.5 MB)

Jerome Kubiriba, National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO), Uganda
The performance of released East African highland bananas on farmers’ fields and need for further improvement

Eldad Karamura, Bioversity International, Uganda
Introduced banana hybrids in Africa: seed systems, farmers’ experience and consumers’ perspectives (PDF 837 kB)

Inge Van den Bergh, Bioversity International, France
Participatory evaluation of banana cultivars – IMTP v2.0 (PDF 738 kB)



David Turner, University Western Australia, Australia
Banana agronomy - can unravelling the Musa genome help? (PDF 440 kB)

Oral presentations

Naomi King, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Australia
Providing The Framework For Practice Change - Building An Australian Banana Industry Environmental Best Management Practices Guide (PDF 636 kB)

Nancy Chaves, Bioversity International, Costa Rica
Potential of Trichoderma asperellum for biocontrol of Fusarium wilt in banana  (PDF 1.9 MB)

Miguel Dita, Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (EMBRAPA ), Brazil
Exploring root-associated endophyte microorganisms from Musa spp. for enhancing plant health (PDF 2.64 MB)

Pauline Deltour, Ghent University, Belgium
Induction of suppressive soil spots to Fusarium wilt in banana in an agroforestry system in Brazil (PDF 749 kB)

Dennis Ochola, Bioversity International, Uganda
Effects of water stress and the interaction between NPK fertilizer and inoculum concentration on Xanthomonas wilt development in banana (PDF 862 kB)

Anthony Webster, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia
Using computer simulation modelling to examine nitrogen losses to water from banana production (PDF 824 kB)

Juliet Nakakawa, Bioversity International, Uganda
Effect of Transmission Parameters on the Prevalence of Banana Xanthomonas Wilt  (PDF 1.8 MB)

William Tinzaara, Bioversity International, Uganda
The Banana Xanthomonas Wilt Epidemic In East and Central Africa: Current Research And Development Efforts (1.4 MB)

Stewart Lindsay, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Australia
Farm Practices to Manage the Impact of Severe Tropical Cyclone Damage on Banana Production - A Case Study from Tropical Australia  (PDF 880 kB)

Johannes Van Der Waal, Agro Fair Europe BV, Netherlands
Organic bananas in Sudan: challenges and opportunities for developing export chains  (PDF 1.2 MB)

Manjunath Girigowda, Plant Cell Biotechnology Department, CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute, India
Post-harvest treatment of Cavendish Banana with Nitric Oxide Enhances Shelf-Life through the Regulation of Polyamines (PDF 862 kB)

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Symposium poster presentations

Guy Blomme: Altitude effect on plantain growth and yield during four production cycles in North Kivu, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (PDF 457 kB)

Matthieu Chabannes: Unravelling the structure of integrated Banana Streak Virus sequences (ebsv) allow markers assisted selection of Musa germplasm devoid of infectious ebsv (PDF 987 kB)

Rachel Chase: The Genetic Integrity Exercise: a cooperative approach to the management of the ITC Musa collection (PDF 954 kB)

Nancy Chaves: Interaction of Radopholus similis and Fusarium oxysporum f. sp.cubense in banana (PDF 651 kB)

Cláudia Ferreira: Multivariate analysis in the characterization of banana germplasm (PDF 570 kB)

François Iradukundu: Strategies for Managing Banana Bunchy Top Disease in the Rusizi Valley, Burundi (PDF 562 kB)

Didier Mbéguié-A-Mbéguié: Expression of Mads Genes in Harvested Bananas Fruit in Relation to Finger Drop Process (PDF 856 kB)

Deborah Nabuuma : Addressing Vitamin A deficiencies in Eastern Africa through Musa-based foods (PDF 534 kB)

Kathy Parmenter: Persistence of infectivity in herbicide/aphicide-injected Banana bunchy top virus infected plants (PDF 806kB)

Alice Simbare: Unraveling the Secrets of Banana Bunchy top Diseasein Burundi: Vector Varietal Preference and Altitude Effects (PDF  610 kB)

Vida Grace Sinohin: Identifying VCG Diversity of Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. Cubense that Affects the Bananas in the Philippines (PDF 1 MB)

Peizheng Wang: Preliminary analysis of association of wilt disease resistance gene in banana (PDF 164 kB)

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Presentations on banana given in one of the other IHC symposia
Oral presentations

Luud Clercx: Towards Biological Control of Red Rust Thrips In Organic and Conventional Banana (PDF 1.7 MB)

Hans-Willem Van der Waal: Grapefruit Seeds as Postharvest Agents in Organic Agriculture (PDF 991 kB)

Bart Panis: GMOs in Horticulture – Exciting Opportunities or Dead End?: A Case Study on Banana (PDF 1.5 MB)

Mary Mwangi: Adoption of Banana Tissue culture and Nutrient Enhancement Technologies to curb the HIV-Poverty - Malnutrition cycle Among People Living With HIV and AIDS (PLWHAs) in the Lake Victoria Basin  (PDF 1.4 MB)

Poster presentations

Suren Samuelian: Effect of temperature and fungicides on black-end rot of banana (PDF 988 kB)

Mauricio Antonio Coelho Filho: Water Use Efficiency in Bananas Pome Type Crops Using Empirical Coefficient Based on Leaf Area (PDF 598 kB)

Luud Clercx; Water Footprint Assessment of Bananas Produced by Small Banana Farmers in Peru and Ecuador (PDF 504 kB)

Steven Oosthuyse: Nutrient Salt Balance Differences on The Growth of Potted Banana, Orange or Tomato Plants Growing in Sand or Sand/Calcium Carbonate and Where Conditions are Highly Saline (PDF 558 kB)

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Symposium workshops


The workshop was organized by the ProMusa secretariat and Steering Committee


Inge Van den Bergh: ProMusa workshop overview (PDF 750 kB)

Inge Van den Bergh: Results of a study to assess the impact of the network and its online resources (PDF 551 kB)

Anne Vézina: ProMusa online resources (PDF 2.5 MB)


The workshop was organized by John Thomas and the MusaNet Conservation thematic group. It was the continuation of a discussion started by Australian virologist Andrew Geering at the 2007 ISHS-ProMusa symposium, which was summarized in a ProMusa blog. Click here for the workshop report.


John Thomas: Banana streak viruses and the distribution of genebank material (PDF 231 kB)

Andrew Geering: Risks associated with distributing banana streak viruses infected plants held at the ITC  (PDF 160 kB)

Bart Panis: BSV and ITC: responsibilities of importers and exporters of the germplasm  (PDF 768 kB)

Pierre-Yves Teycheney: BSVs and their impact on the use of germplasm - possible alternatives to using this germplasm  (PDF 460 kB)


Banana streak viruses and their impact on the use of germplasm


The workshop was organized by Altus Viljoen, Gus Molina, Aristoteles Pires de Matos, Charles Staver and Diemuth Pemsl.


Gus Molina: Fusarium wilt: occurrence, impact, R&D and mitigation measures in Asia-Pacific ( PDF 2.2 MB)

Altus Viljoen: Bananas at risk? The threat of Fusarium wilt (Foc TR4) in Africa and beyond (PDF 952 kB)

Hildegard Garming: Investment decisions in banana research (PDF 1.2 MB)

Miguel Dita: Potential introduction and impact of Foc TR4 in Latin America and the Caribbean: Current status of National and Regional Initiatives (PDF 3.9 MB)

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