Toward sustainable global production and improved uses

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This symposium was organized by ProMusa and hosted by Embrapa, in Salvador, Brazil from 10 to 14 October 2011. Scientists from several countries around the world discussed latest advances in crop management, crop diversity and improvement, and post-harvest and marketing.

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Opening keynote: Panorama of the Banana Industry in Latin America and the Caribbean Islands (PDF, 2.2 MB)
D.H. Reinhardt and J.A. dos Santos-Serejo

SESSION 1: Crop management

Oral presentations - Theme 1: Cultural practices

Tissue Culture Banana for Smallholder Farmers: Lessons Learnt from East Africa (PDF, 718 kB)
T. Dubois, Y. Dusabe, M. Lule, P. Van Asten, D. Coyne, V. Bauer, V. Hoffman, J.-C. Hobayo, S. Nkurunziza, E. Ouma, N. Kabunga, M. Qaim, E. Kahangi, M. Peter and D. Kisii

Growth Promotion in Micropropagated Banana by Rhizobacteria (PDF, 751 kB)
E.M. Ramos, K.G. Viana Cardoso, K. Sírio Araújo, H.S. Alves Silva, A. Vilar Trindade and F. Haddad

Production of Banana Genotypes under Subtropical Conditions in the Ribeira Valley, São Paulo, Brazil (PDF, 997 kB)
E. Shigueaki Nomura, W. da Silva Morais, E.R. Damatto Junior, E.J. Fuzitani, L.A. Saes, E. Jensen, E.P. Amorim and S.O. Silva

Potential Impact of Climate Change on Banana and Plantain Pests and Diseases in Cuba (PDF, 6.5 MB)
L. Pérez-Vicente and A. Porras

Photosynthetic Performance of Banana Cultivar ‘Gros Michel’ under a Natural Shade Gradient (PDF, 565 kB)
P. Siles, O. Bustamante, E. Valdivia, J. Burkhardt and C. Staver

Growing Gros Michel Bananas with Coffee and Trees: Addressing Threats and Opportunities through Farmer Participatory Research (PDF, 435 kB)
C. Staver, O. Bustamante, P. Siles, C. Aguilar, K. Quinde, J. Castellón, F. Somarriba, A. Tapia, S. Brenes, M. Deras and N. Matute

Oral presentations - Theme 2: Plant health

Keynote: Control of Banana Diseases (PDF, 572 kB)
Z.J.M. Cordeiro, A.P. de Matos and H.S. Rocha

A Historical Overview of the Appearance and Spread of Musa Pests and Diseases on the African Continent: Highlighting the Importance of Clean Planting Materials and Quarantine Measures (PDF, 891 kB)
G. Blomme, M. Pillay, A. Viljoen, D. Jones, E. De Langhe, N. Price, C. Gold, A. Geering, R. Ploetz, D. Karamura, W. Tinzaara, P.-Y. Teycheney, E. Karamura, P. Lepoint and I. Buddenhagen

Systemicity of Xanthomonas campestris pv. musacearum after Inflorescence Infection in East African Highland Banana and ‘Pisang Awak’ in Uganda
W. Ocimati, F. Ssekiwoko, E. Karamura, W. Tinzaara, S. Eden-Green and G. Blomme

Good Cultural Practices for Banana Bunchy Top Disease Management: A Sustainable Option for Burundian Smallholders?(PDF, 1.1 MB)
P. Lepoint, R. Sibomana, C. Niyongere and G. Blomme

Effectiveness of Agro-Ecological Intensification Practices in Managing Disease Complexes in Smallholder Banana Systems in East Africa
E.B. Karamura, W. Jogo, A. Rietveld, W. Ocimati, C. Staver, D.A. Karamura, W. Tinzaara and S. Weise

Detecting Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense Tropical Race 4 in Soil and Symptomless Banana Tissues
M.A. Dita, C. Waalwijk, P. Mutua, A. Daly, P.F.L. Chang, B.M. Corcolon and G.H.J. Kema

Characterization of Musa germplasm for Resistance to Tropical Race 4 of Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense
M.A. Dita, C. Waalwijk, C. Diaz, A.D’Hont, N. Yahiaoui, F. Carreel, F. Bakry, M. Souza Jr and G.H.J. Kema

Short-oral presentations

A Survey on the Banana Germplasm Deployment System in Asia and the Pacific (PDF, 850 kB)
A.B. Molina, V.O. Sinohin and B.P. Joven

Vegetative Characteristics of Two Genotypes of the Banana Pome Subgroup under Different Irrigation Systems
S.L. Rodrigues Donato, P.R. Rocha Marques and E. Ferreira Coelho

Risk Assessment of Black Leaf Streak Based on Probability Models of Climatic Data Adjusted with Spline Functions (PDF, 1.1 MB)
H.N. Bendini, P.E. Cruvinel, W.S. Moraes and S.H. Modenese-Gorla da Silva

An Early-Warning System as a Tool to Control Mycosphaerella Leaf Spots in Banana Plantations of Small Farms in Southern Brazil (PDF, 1.2 MB)
M. Sônego, L.A.M. Peruch and R.H. Hinz

Necrotic Leaf Removal: An Effective Method against the Effects of Sigatoka Leaf Spot Disease on the Green Life of Bananas (PDF, 328 kB)
F. Castelan, B. Cordenunsi and M. Chillet

The Use of Bacillus subtilis QST 713 and Bacillus pumilus QST 2808 as Protectant Bio-Fungicides in Conventional Application Programs for Black Leaf Streak Control (PDF,1.3 MB)
L. Serrano, D. Manker, F. Brandi and T. Cali

Efficiency of PCR-Based Diagnostics for the Detection of Banana Streak Viruses in Santa Catarina, Brazil (PDF, 430 kB)
J.E. Finger, F.A. Tcacenco, R.H. Hinz, A. Pereira and C.M. da Silva

Why Sustainable Management of Xanthomonas Wilt in East and Central Africa Has Been Elusive
W. Tinzaara, E. Karamura, G. Blomme, W. Jogo, W. Ocimati, A. Rietveld, J. Kubiriba and F. Opio

Comparative Transcriptome Analysis and Genome Assembly of Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense
M.A. Dita, R. Herai, C. Waalwijk, M. Yamagishi, P. Giachetto, G. Ferreira, M. Souza and G.H.J. Kema

SESSION 2: Crop diversity and improvement

Keynote: The Musa acuminata Genome Sequence, a New Template for Banana Genetics
A. D’Hont and P. Wincker

Oral presentations - Theme 1: Conventional plant breeding

Keynote: Banana Genetic Breeding at Embrapa Cassava and Fruits
E.P. Amorim, J.A. dos Santos-Serejo, C. Fortes Ferreira and S.O. Silva

Keynote: Conventional Banana and Plantain Breeding (PDF, 1.6 MB)
R. Ortiz

Evaluation of Pollen Fertility of Diploid and Doubled-Diploid Clones of Mlali and Their Potential Use for Banana Breeding
S. Goigoux, F. Salmon and F. Bakry

Improvement of Cavendish Varieties through Conventional Breeding
J.F. Aguilar Morán

Development of Dwarf Plantain Hybrids with Resistance to Black Leaf Streak and High Yield: Lessons Learnt and Outlooks
K. Tomekpe and L. Sadom

Synthesis of New Interspecific Triploid Hybrids from Natural AB Germplasm in Banana (Musa sp.)
C. Jenny, Y. Holtz, J.P. Horry and F. Bakry

Planet of the Cavendish – Understanding the Domination
J. Daniells, V. O’Keefe, H. Smyth, K. Gething, K. Fanning and P. Telford

Oral presentations - Theme 2: Non-conventional plant breeding

Keynote: Understanding Plant Immunity: Transcriptome Profiling in Musa-Pathogen Interactions Using Next Generation Sequencing
R.N.G. Miller, M.A.N. Passos, F.L. Emediato, V.O. Cruz, C. de Camargo Teixeira, L.F. de Alencar Figueiredo, N.F. Martins, R.C. Togawa, M.M.C. Costa, O. Silva Jr and G.J. Pappas Jr

Keynote: Development of Bananas with Enhanced Levels of Pro-Vitamin A through Genetic Modification
J. Dale, H. Khanna, R. Harding, J.-Y. Paul, B. Mlalazi, J. Kleidon, P. Hoang, D. Becker, J. Daniells, P. Deo, D. Catchpoole, J. Geijskes, A. James, F. Banks, G. Arinaitwe and W. Tushemeirwe

A Cyclind2;1 Ortholog Isolated from Banana Enhances Root Growth
D. Talengera, W.K. Tushemereirwe, G.T.S. Beemster, D. Inzé and K. Kunert

Genetic Engineering of East African Highland Bananas: Unravelling Opportunities for Multiple Genetic Trait Improvement
G. Arinaitwe, H. Khanna, P. Lamwaka, B. Magambo, A. Kiggundu, E. Karamura, J. Dale and W.K. Tushemereirwe

The Biosafety Regulation and Experiences of Conducting Transgenic Banana Confined Field Trials in Uganda
A. Kiggundu, G. Arinaitwe, W. Tushemereirwe, P. Rudelsheim, T. Sengooba, T. Zeweldu, F. Shotkoski, G. Kovacs and R. Swennen

Short-oral presentations

A Simple and Robust Approach for Genotyping in Musaceae
E. Hribová, P. Christelová, N. Roux and J. Doležel

SSR Mining in 454 Transcriptome Sequencing-Derived Musa acuminata Unigenes
V.O. Cruz, V.C.R. Azevedo, G. J. Pappas Jr, O.S. Junior and R.N.G. Miller

Agronomic and Molecular Characterization of Gamma-Ray Induced Banana (Musa spp.) Mutants Using a Multivariate Statistical Algorithm
C.F. Ferreira, R.K.N. Pestana, E.P. Amorim, V.B.O. Amorim, L.S. Oliveira, J.A. Santos-Serejo, C.A.S. Ledo and S.O. Silva

Analysis of Gene Expression in Musa acuminata during Compatible and Incompatible Interactions with Mycosphaerella musicola
F.L. Emediato, M.A.N. Passos, C. de Camargo Teixeira, G.J. Pappas Jr. and R.N.G. Miller

Transgenic Bananas with Resistance to Fusarium Wilt Race 1
J-Y. Paul, H. Khanna, D. Becker, R. Harding, M. Dickman and J. Dale

Advances in Integrating Conventional and Molecular Breeding to Improve East African Highland Banana Fruits for Pests and Pro-Vitamin A Concentration
W. Tushemereirwe, G. Arinaitwe, P. Lamwaka, A. Barekye, K. Nowakunda, T. Ssali, P. Namanya, H. Khana and J. Dale

Large-Scale Adoption of Improved Plantains: The Impact of FHIA-21 in the Dominican Republic
H. Garming, J. Espinosa, S. Guardia and R. Jimenez

How Can a Network like MusaNet help in Facilitating Exchange of Musa Genetic Resources?
N. Roux, E. De Langhe, R. Domaingue, M. Ruas, J. Thomas, A. Molina, S. Gaidashova, A. Amoncho, M. Dita, C. Town, I. Van den Bergh, I. Van den Houwe, L. Gueco, J.P. Horry and B. Laliberté

SESSION 3: Post-harvest issues, alternative uses, marketing and commercialization

Keynote: Banana Fruit and Cooking Banana Physicochemical and Functional Differentiation during Ripening: A Key Study for Understanding Consumer Preferences (PDF, 1.6 MB)
O. Gibert, D. Dufour, M. Reynes, A. Giraldo, A. Escobar and A. González

Keynote: Alternative Uses of Banana and Plantains: Challenges and Opportunities
J.A. Santos-Serejo, E.H. Souza, F.V.D. Souza and E.P. Amorim

Keynote: Just Green Bananas: Towards Full Sustainability of the Export Banana Trade
J.W.H. van der Waal and R.J.R. Moss

Oral presentations

Using Multivariate Analysis in Evaluating Improved Banana Varieties
M.V. Silva Andrade, E.V. Souza, L.A. de Oliveira, M. Souza Ribeiro, M. Damasceno Fonseca, S. Machado da Silveira and E.P. Amorim

Varieties Resistant to Black Leaf Streak with the Potential for Jams Processing (PDF, 326 kB)
R.C.B de Godoy, N. Waszczynskyj, F.A. Santana, S. de O. Silva, M.A. de Sousa Neto, C.A. da S. Ledo and L. A. de Oliveira

Banana Value Chains in Central America – Options for Smallholders in Domestic and Regional Markets
H. Garming, N. Castellon, S. Rajala, U. Grote and C. Staver

Short-oral presentations

Retention of Provitamin A Carotenoids during Post-harvest Ripening and Processing of Three Popular Musa Cultivars in South Western Uganda
B. Ekesa, C. Miroir, G. Blomme, I. Van den Bergh and M.W. Davey

Mycosphaerella Leaf Spot Diseases and Their Effects on Banana Post-Harvest Quality
L. Saraiva, B. Cordenunsi and M. Chillet

Acceptance of Banana Cultivars Resistant to Black Leaf Streak by Consumers of the Brazilian Northeast Region (PDF, 212 kB)
D.S. Garruti, M.L. Matias, H.V.V. Facundo and M.A.A. Da Silva

Selection of Banana Hybrids for Ornamental Purposes
J.A. Santos-Serejo, F.V.D. Souza, E.P. Amorim, J.R. Silva Filho and D.S. Costa Jr

Towards a More Sustainable Banana – Limitations and Strengths of a Territorial Approach (PDF, 646 kB)
L. Clercx and B. Huyghe


Closing keynote: Bananas and Plantains in Latin American and the Caribbean: Current State, Challenges and Perspectives

M. Dita, H. Garming, I. Van den Bergh, C. Staver and T. Lescot

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Workshop 1: Musapedia-Towards Developing a Trustworthy Source of Knowledge on Bananas
A. Vézina, R. Roviglioni and I. Van den Bergh

Presentation on Musapedia (PDF, 568 kB)

Workshop 2: Future Directions in Musa Genomics and Applications in Genetic Improvement
N. Roux and R. Miller

Report of the workshop (PDF, 126 kB)

Workshop 3: Pests and Diseases in Bananas – Projecting the Effects of Climate Change
C. Staver, M. Dita and L. Pérez-Vicente

Report of the workshop (PDF, 603 kB)

Introductory presentation by Charles Staver (PDF, 622 kB)

Presentation on predicting the impact of climate change on pests and diseases by Luis Pérez-Vicente (PDF, 4.5 MB)

Presentation on parameters used in predicting the response of bananas to climate change by Pablo Siles (PDF, 492 kB)

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