Growing and marketing banana under subtropical conditions


The sixth ISHS-ProMusa symposium was organized as part of the 30th International Horticultural Congress held in Istanbul, Turkey, from 12 to 16 August 2018. The symposium took stock of recent developments in subtropical banana production and marketing.

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Field trip to Alanya, Antalya province

Presentations

Opening keynote

Victor Galán Saúco, Professor Emeritus and former Director of the Department of Tropical Fruits at the Instituto Canario de Investigaciones Agrarias
Victor Galán Saúco is a consultant in tropical fruits, mainly bananas, mango and litchis. He has been chairperson of the ISHS Section on Tropical Fruits (1999-2006), vice-chair of the ISHS Section on Banana and Plantains (2006-2010), co-president of the 28th International Horticultural Congress in Lisbon, and President of the Spanish Society of Horticultural Science (1995-2003). He has taught courses in tropical fruits in European and Latin American universities and governmental institutions. He authored many scientific papers, books and book chapters on tropical fruits. His main expertise in bananas is protected cultivation and varietal evaluation under subtropical conditions.

Broad overview of the subtropical banana industry (3.2 MB)

Session A: Abiotic stress management and protected cultivation

Keynote

Hadi Bux Laghari, Asim Agriculture Farm, Tando Allahyar, Pakistan
Hadi Bux Laghari is the Technical Manager of a commercial farm in the Sindh province of Pakistan. Within two years of joining the farm, he developed a programme to manage Bunchy Top that is now used throughout the province. He also developed protocols to minimize the impact of the harsh climate on the bananas, increase productivity and improve fruit quality. He graduated in Plant Pathology from Sindh Agriculture University in 1998.

An overview of banana production in Pakistan: key constraints and management options (5 MB)

Oral presentations

Phenotyping the banana biodiversity to select climate-smart cultivars (1.4 MB)

Navot Galpaz, Northern R & D, Kiryat Shmona, Israel
Banana frost protection by thermal nets in Israel (954 kB)

Hamide Gübbük​, Akdeniz University, Antalya, Turkey
Agronomic performances of new selections of Cavendish varieties (Musa spp. AAA) grown in different protected cultivation areas in Turkey (3.8 MB)

Matthew Weinert, New South Wales Department of Primary Industries, Australia
A simple cold tolerance test for banana cultivars (803 kB)

Hamide Gübbük​, Akdeniz University, Antalya, Turkey
Evaluation of nets system on banana production in subtropical conditions (2 MB)

Qiao-Song Yang, Institute of Fruit Tree Research, Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China
Molecular Mechanism of the Different Cold Tolerance between Dajiao and Cavendish Banana (1,6 MB)

Session B: Fusarium wilt of banana

Keynote

Miguel Dita, Embrapa Cassava and Fruits, Jaguariúna, Brazil
Migual Dita is Principal Plant Pathologist at Embrapa Cassava and Fruits in Jaguariúna, São Paulo, Brazil. He is currently working on research and extension programmes related to bananas. He received his PhD in Plant Pathology from the Federal University of Viçosa, Brazil (2003). He was Postdoctoral Fellow in Plant Biotechnology at the Institute of Sustainable Agriculture (IAS-CSIC) in Spain (2004-2006) and then Postdoctoral Fellow in Molecular Plant Pathology at Plant Research International, Wageningen University, the Netherlands (2008-2009). He was Principal scientist and Regional Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean of Commodity Systems and Genetic Resources Programme, Bioversity International in Costa Rica (2010-2013). He has twenty years of experience in Plant Pathology, working in different countries, such as Cuba, Brazil, Spain, The Netherlands, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panamá, Honduras, Colombia and Peru. His main areas of interest are in plant-microbe interactions (pathogen and beneficial) and in diagnostic, plant and soil health, integrated approaches for sustainable pest and disease management.

Current state of Fusarium wilt of banana in the subtropics (4.1 MB)

Oral presentations

Edson Amorim, Embrapa Cassava and Fruits, Brazil
Identifying banana genotypes resistant to Fusarium wilt race 1 under field and greenhouse conditions (2 MB)

Si-jun Zheng, Bioversity International, Kunming, China
Host reaction of `Pahang´ (Musa acuminata ssp. malaccensis) to Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense Tropical Race 4 (1.3 MB)

Chunyu Li, Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences,  Guangzhou, China
Combating Fusarium wilt by breeding banana varieties resistant to Foc TR4 (2.3 MB)

Chunyu Li, Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences,  Guangzhou, China
A comprehensive strategy for prevention and control of Fusarium wilt of banana based on resistant/tolerant varieties (2.5 MB)

Lothar Trueggelmann, Unifrutti Tropical Philippines, Inc. Davao, Philippines
The development of an advanced irrigation water treatment for the eradication of Foc TR4 from surface water for continued cost-effective banana plantation irrigation (1.5 MB)

Miguel Dita,  Embrapa Cassava and Fruits, Brazil
Management of Fusarium wilt of banana in the subtropics of São Paulo, Brazil (1.5 MB)

Si-jun Zheng, Bioversity International, Kunming, China
Evaluation of different banana varieties on Fusarium Wilt TR4 resistance by phenotypic symptom and real-time quantitative PCR (903 kB)

Marimuthu Somasundram Saraswathi, National Research Centre For Banana (ICAR), Tamil Nadu, India
Gamma irradiation - a potential tool for the creation of variability and selection of mutants with Fusarium wilt resistance in banana cv. Rasthali (AAB, Silk) (1 MB)

Session C: Sustainable production systems

Keynote

David Peasley, Peasley Horticultural Services Pty Ltd, New South Wales, Australia (presented by M. Weinert)
David is a Certified Practising Agriculturalist with over 35 years’ experience in the Australian subtropical horticultural industries. He has written several book chapters, handbooks and grower manuals on all aspects of subtropical plant production. His main interests are working with growers to develop integrated pest and disease management systems and screening of varieties suitable for the subtropical growing conditions. In 2015, David was recognised by the Australian Banana Industry with the "Award of Honour" for outstanding dedication and service to the Australian Banana Industry. The Award recognised his part in the industry's response to the disease threat posed by exotic diseases and his dedication in representing the subtropical banana industry on the leadership team of the Banana Plant Protection Program and leading the National Banana Bunchy Top Project. He is a member of the Agricultural Institute of Australia and of the Australian Association of Agricultural consultants.

Diversity in the Australian Subtropics: meeting the challenges (2.2 MB)

Oral presentations

Enoch Kikulwe, Bioversity International, Kampala Uganda
Farmers’ willingness to pay for disease-screened and labelled clean banana planting materials in Uganda (792 kB)

Marimuthu Somasundram Saraswathi, National Research Centre For Banana (ICAR), Tamil Nadu, India
Development of direct regeneration protocol for mass multiplication of banana cv. Rasthali (AAB, Silk) using immature floral hands as explants (774 kB)

Vincent UmehNational Horticultural Research Institute, Ibadan, Nigeria
Field evaluation of control options against the banana weevil Cosmopolites sordidus and termites Microtermes spp. in Musa spp. (1.7 MB)

Rolf Christian Becker, Bayer CropScience AG, Monheim, Germany
Sustainable management of black sigatoka with biologics: serenade and sonata (832 kB)

Rolf Christian Becker, Bayer CropScience AG, Monheim, Germany
Digital Farming service to reduce chemical load in banana plantation (924 kB)

François Iradukunda, Bioversity International - Bujumbura, Burundi
Understanding gender roles and practices in innovation processes: A case study of Banana Xanthomonas Wilt (BXW) disease management in Burundi (2.7 MB)

Marimuthu Kumaravel, National Research Centre For Banana (ICAR), Trichirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India
Induction of somatic embryogenesis in recalcitrant Musa spp. by media manipulation based on the molecular mechanism (1.2 MB)

Session D: Marketing

Keynote

Doriana Mangili, Sweeter Banana Co-operative, Carnarvon, Australia
After a career as a business analyst in Australia and the UK, Doriana became a banana farmer in the subtropical region of Carnarvon in Western Australia. Initially joining the Sweeter Banana Co-operative as a grower, she subsequently served as Board member, marketer and now business manager. Growing bananas on the edge of the desert was always going to be a challenge, but being fairly compensated for the efforts proved to be the greater task. Hence Doriana’s main focus to differentiate Sweeter Banana's product from other Australian bananas.  Through marketing and organisational change, the Co-operative has been able to challenge the status quo of Carnarvon bananas as a commodity and obtain a premium price.  By educating consumers, Sweeter Banana has shown that bigger isn’t always better and that flavour can trump looks. Passionate about family farming and local food, Doriana is also the Executive Officer of the Gascoyne Food Council and a member of the advisory group to the National Farming Together programme . 

Sweeter banana marketing (1.5 MB)

Video on the Sweeter Banana Co-operative produced for the television show WA Weekender

Oral presentations

Susan Ajambo, Bioversity International, Kampala, Uganda
Gender roles and constraints in the green cooking banana value chain: evidence from South Western Uganda (778 kB)

Harishchandra Prasad Singh, Confederation of Horticulture Associations, New Delhi, India
Dynamics of banana research and development in India for farm profitability enhancement (2.7 MB)

Posters

Luud Clercx, Agrofair, Barendrecht, Netherlands
Red rust thrips in smallholder organic export banana in Latin America and the Caribbean: Pathways for control compatible with organic certification(600 kB)

François Iradukunda, Bioversity International
Understanding gender roles and practices in innovation processes: A case study of Banana XanthomonasWilt (BXW) disease management in Burundi (3.5 MB)

Qiao-Song Yang, Institute of Fruit Tree Research, Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China
Early Cold-induced Peroxidases and Aquaporins Are Associated with the High Cold Tolerance in Dajiao (Musa spp. ‘Dajiao’) (825 kB)

Qiao-Song Yang, Institute of Fruit Tree Research, Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China
Analysis of the Different Cold Tolerance between Cavendish banana and Dajiao Based on Transcriptome and Phosphoproteome (600 kB)

Marimuthu Kumaravel, National Research Centre For Banana (ICAR), Trichirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India
Induction of somatic embryogenesis in recalcitrant Musa spp. by media manipulation based on the molecular mechanism (1.2 MB)

Workshops

Developing commonly agreed guidance for the prevention and containment of banana fusarium wilt tr4
Organized by Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Bioversity International, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and World Banana Forum (WBF)

Presentations

Miguel Dita, Embrapa Cassava and Fruits, Jaguariúna, Brazil
Fusarium Wilt tropical race 4 a disease threatening a global smallholder and industrial crop: Anticipatory actions & research needs (3.9 MB)

Fazil Dusunceli, FAO
Global Programme on Banana Fusarium Wilt Disease: Protecting banana production from the disease threats with focus on TR4 (1 MB)

Inge Van den Bergh, Bioversity International, Leuven, Belgium
Preventing the spread of TR4 (138 kB)

Fighting climate change: developing commonly agreed guidance to screen for suitable agro-eco suitable genotypes

Organized by Sebastien Carpentier

Presentation

Sebastien Carpentier, Bioversity International, Leuven, Belgium

Phenotyping transpiration dynamics in real time: the key to mine the banana biodiversity for better water use efficiency? (1.5 MB)

Promusa workshop: Presentation of the promusa network and website(s) and discussion of up-coming activities
Organized by ProMusa

Presentation

Inge Van den Bergh, Bioversity International, Leuven, Belgium

Sharing knowledge on banana (1.7 MB)

Proceedings of previous symposia on subtropical bananas

1997 ISHS symposium on banana in the subtropics

2010 ISHS symposium on citrus, bananas and other tropical fruits under subtropical conditions