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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Click on the photos to start the slideshows – from left to right: symposium presentations, and 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.
 
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.
 
Oral presentations
 
 
Navot Galpaz, Northern R & D, Kiryat Shmona, Israel
 
Hamide Gübbük, Akdeniz University, Antalya, Turkey
 
Matthew Weinert, New South Wales Department of Primary Industries, Australia
 
Hamide Gübbük, Akdeniz University, Antalya, Turkey
 
Qiao-Song Yang, Institute of Fruit Tree Research, Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China
 
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.
 
Oral presentations
 
 
Si-jun Zheng, Bioversity International, Kunming, China
 
Chunyu Li, Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences,  Guangzhou, China
 
Chunyu Li, Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences,  Guangzhou, China
 
Lothar Trueggelmann, Unifrutti Tropical Philippines, Inc. Davao, Philippines
 
 
Si-jun Zheng, Bioversity International, Kunming, China
 
Marimuthu Somasundram Saraswathi, National Research Centre For Banana (ICAR), Tamil Nadu, India
 
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.
 
Oral presentations
 
Enoch Kikulwe, Bioversity International, Kampala Uganda
 
Marimuthu Somasundram Saraswathi, National Research Centre For Banana (ICAR), Tamil Nadu, India
 
Vincent UmehNational Horticultural Research Institute, Ibadan, Nigeria
 
Rolf Christian Becker, Bayer CropScience AG, Monheim, Germany
 
Rolf Christian Becker, Bayer CropScience AG, Monheim, Germany
 
François Iradukunda, Bioversity International - Bujumbura, Burundi
 
Marimuthu Kumaravel, National Research Centre For Banana (ICAR), Trichirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India
 
 
 
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 . 
Video on the Sweeter Banana Co-operative produced for the television show WA Weekender
 
Oral presentations
 
Susan Ajambo, Bioversity International, Kampala, Uganda
 
Harishchandra Prasad Singh, Confederation of Horticulture Associations, New Delhi, India
 
Posters
 
Luud Clercx, Agrofair, Barendrecht, Netherlands
 
François Iradukunda, Bioversity International
 
Qiao-Song Yang, Institute of Fruit Tree Research, Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China
 
Qiao-Song Yang, Institute of Fruit Tree Research, Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China
 
Marimuthu Kumaravel, National Research Centre For Banana (ICAR), Trichirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India
 
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
 
Fazil Dusunceli, FAO
 
Inge Van den Bergh, Bioversity International, Leuven, Belgium
 
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
 
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
 

Proceedings of previous symposia on subtropical bananas