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Under the peel

Under the peel is the blog of the ProMusa community. The views expressed are those of the authors. Non-registered users can post comments, but only registered ones can post blog items. When logged in, click on the pencil+ icon to start a post. We welcome contributions in French or Spanish. If you need help, contact the InfoMus@ editor at infomusa@promusa.org.

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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Where bananas come from

Anne Vézina Wednesday, 07 October 2015
Mixing Strategies 70px Most origin stories of the banana mistakenly leave out the Pacific region as a primary centre of domestication.
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TC, or not TC. Is that the question?

David W. Turner Monday, 31 August 2015
TC plantlets 70px David Turner explores whether tissue-culture banana plantlets are intrinsically superior to conventional planting material.
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The origin of TR4

Anne Vézina Thursday, 18 December 2014
Fusarium Infected Rhizome
Ivan Buddenhagen's theory on the origin of the pathogenic strains that cause Fusarium wilt in bananas.
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Improving bananas by mixing strategies

Anne Vézina Wednesday, 12 November 2014
Pollination RM 70px There is more than one way of improving bananas. Maybe time has come to consider mixing them.
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The challenges and opportunities of producing organic bananas for export in Sudan

Hans-Willem van der Waal Monday, 15 September 2014
Sudan 70px Sudan may seem an unlikely place for growing bananas, but it has a large potential for organic banana production.
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Revisiting a discussion on banana streak viruses and the distribution of genebank material

Anne Vézina Thursday, 14 August 2014
BSV

One of the workshops to be held during the ISHS-ProMusa symposium will discuss the problem banana streak viruses (BSV) pose to the distribution of genebank material. It will pick up on a discussion started by Australian virologist Andrew Geering at the 2007 ISHS-ProMusa symposium. Geering argued that the distribution of germplasm should be guided by the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), which states that it is the responsibility of the importing country, not of the exporter (in this case the ITC), to impose phytosanitary measures. In 2008, he reprised his arguments on the old ProMusa website. He was joined by Pierre-Yves Teycheney, a virologist at the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development CIRAD who argued against relaxing the guidelines. Their arguments are reproduced below.

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Who's breeding bananas?

Anne Vézina Thursday, 07 August 2014

Bananas have a reputation for being difficult to breed; a reputation that seemed richly deserved when after more than 60 years of trying, breeders had yet to release an improved banana hybrid. No wonder you used to be able to count the number of banana breeding programmes on the fingers of one hand. Nowadays, however, you would not have enough of two hands. According to a survey done for the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas, at least 12 organizations have a banana breeding programme.

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