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Under the peel

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What's in store for organic bananas?

Frans Wielemaker Monday, 27 May 2019
Organic Bananas 70px The demand for organic bananas has grown exponentially, but can they ever become mainstream?
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Taming the scientific literature on banana diseases

David Robert Jones Thursday, 28 February 2019
Handbook Cover 70px The editor of Diseases of banana, abacá and enset blogs about the challenges of updating his popular book.
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TR4 and China’s boom and bust banana sector

Robin Thiers Thursday, 10 January 2019
Porters 70px The authors draw on fieldwork in China to show how TR4 shaped relations between capital, land and labour.
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Gros Michel or Cavendish, which is the yummiest banana?

Anne Vézina Thursday, 13 December 2018
Taste Test 70px We put to the test the reputation of 'Gros Michel' as tasting better than the Cavendish cultivars that dominate the international trade.
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Probing the banana diversity of Bougainville

Julie Sardos Wednesday, 31 October 2018
Bougainville Blog 70x The results of analyses done on bananas collected in Bougainville two years ago shed light on their diversity.
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Incomplete systemicity: a helping hand in the fight against Xanthomonas wilt of banana

Guy Blomme Friday, 23 February 2018
BXW Infected Stem GB 70px Controlling Xanthomonas wilt of banana, better known as BXW,  is made easier by the unexpected behaviour of its causal agent.
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The banana community mourns two of its members

Anne Vézina Friday, 21 April 2017
Mgenzi 70px The banana community lost two beloved members, Mgenzi Byabachwezi and Ramon Valmayor.
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TR4 as a driver of agroecological approaches in banana production

Jeff Daniells Tuesday, 25 October 2016
Ground Cover 70px Australian scientist shows how the TR4 incursion in Queensland is changing banana farming in the region.
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Dialogue on the future of plantain-based cropping systems

Anne Vézina Tuesday, 11 October 2016
Sylvain And Thierry 70px Dialogue between a supporter of agroecological approaches to intensify Plantain-based cropping systems and a sympathetic skeptic.
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Ecuador, top exporter is not a banana republic

Douglas Southgate Friday, 17 June 2016
Ecuador Top Exporter 70px Book on how Ecuador became the world's largest exporter of bananas.
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The original banana split

Edmond De Langhe Thursday, 26 May 2016
Solomon Islands Village 70px
Scientists think they figured out where Plantain and Maoli-Popoulu bananas originated.
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Would the true peduncle please stand up?

Jeff Daniells Thursday, 03 March 2016
True Peduncle 70px Scientists take apart a bunching banana plant to match name to function.
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Soil health and suppressiveness: new directions in banana research?

Marcia Barquero Quirós Thursday, 14 January 2016
soil health icon Analysis of key issues in banana soil health highlighting the importance of managing soils as a living system.
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Remembering Markku Hakkinen

Anne Vézina Wednesday, 23 December 2015
Markku Hakkinen One of the world’s leading authorities on the taxonomy of wild bananas passed away.
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The trap of extinction stories on bananas

Anne Vézina Friday, 18 December 2015
New Scientist Cover Extinction stories are drawing the wrong lessons from the previous epidemic of Fusarium wilt on bananas.
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