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Putting news on bananas in context

Agroecology and the banana: from theory to practice

Wednesday, 22 March 2017
Agroecology 70px How close (or far) are we from banana production systems inspired by agroecological principles?
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GWAS and the parthenocarpic banana

Tuesday, 31 May 2016
Parthenocarpic Banana 70px A proof-of-concept study shows that genome-wide associations are feasible in banana.
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Why screening protocols matter

Thursday, 27 August 2015
Miguel Dita 70px Embrapa scientist Miguel Dita on the need to improve the screening of bananas for their resistance to Fusarium wilt.
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The 22 days that changed the Australian banana industry

Monday, 16 March 2015
Quarantined Farm Small Australian farmers are fighting to contain TR4, the greatest threat to the country's banana industry.
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Lessening the impact of tropical cyclones

Thursday, 22 January 2015
Cyclone Damage The Australian banana industry developed practices to reduce the impact of tropical cyclones on growers’ livelihoods.
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The Plantains of the Democratic Republic of Congo

Monday, 28 July 2014
Boofo Small A series of collecting missions to the four corners of the Democratic Republic of Congo reveals the extent of the country’s Plantain diversity.
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Rehabilitating banana fields devastated by Xanthomonas wilt

Friday, 30 May 2014
Katana 70px

The story of Katana’s banana farmers illustrates how destructive Xanthomonas wilt can be, but also how manageable it is.

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TR4’s transcontinental leap

Thursday, 21 November 2013

While Latin America is preparing for the worst, the banana community comes to grips with the news that tropical race 4 is on Africa’s doorstep.

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5,432 banana names and counting... on you

Thursday, 17 October 2013

A global list of cultivar names hopes to bring taxonomic relief to scientists working on bananas.

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Banana breeding’s explorer

Thursday, 04 July 2013

Frédéric Bakry has carved for himself a unique career thanks to his readiness for taking calculated risks and exploring the roads less travelled.

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Australia’s Hundred Years War on bunchy top

Tuesday, 09 April 2013

Australia has embarked on an ambitious plan to eradicate a devastating viral disease from its territory.

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Trainer’s manuals on banana tissue-culture plantlets

Friday, 01 March 2013
Two manuals explain how to train farmers and prospective nursery operators to become successful entrepreneurs.
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A new disease of banana?

Tuesday, 05 February 2013
Survey results from Papua New Guinea provide the strongest evidence so far that phytoplasmas can cause disease in bananas.
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Best bets for banana research

Tuesday, 18 December 2012
Which problems should scientists solve first and which solutions are more likely to have a positive impact on food security and livelihoods?
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Las mejores apuestas para la investigación del banano

Tuesday, 18 December 2012
¿Qué problemas deberían solucionar los científicos en primer lugar y cuáles de estas soluciones tienen más posibilidades de tener un impacto positivo en la seguridad alimenticia y en el sustento de vida de los agricultores?
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