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New Book: Genomics of Tropical Crop Plants

Monday, 18 August 2008
The book “Genomics of Tropical Crop Plants” is the first volume in a series of books on plant genetics and genomics, and includes a chapter on banana and plantain. The book, edited by Paul H. Moore and Ray Ming, is published by Springer. The banana and plantain chapter (read the abstract here) is authored by N Roux, F-C Baurens, J Dolezel, E Hřibová, P Heslop-Harrison, C Town, T Sasaki, T Matsumoto, R Aert, S Remy, M Souza and P Lagoda. To purchase the book, go to tinyurl.com/46lzgv.

Producing energy from banana waste

Monday, 14 January 2008
The Australian Banana Grower’s Association has built a pilot scale reactor that produces methane from banana waste. The prototype is based on research conducted by Bill Clarke from the University of Queensland.

Banana bunchy top virus in Hawaii

Saturday, 15 December 2007
The Banana bunchy top virus continues to make headlines in Hawaii, this time on Molokai, where extension efforts are underway to control the spread of the disease. It was first observed on Kaua’i in 1997, reaching O’ahu eight years later.

Expert argues that tissue-culture bananas are not adapted to small-scale farmers

Wednesday, 12 December 2007
Benjamin Chege from the National Horticultural Centre in Kenya says that the future of tissue-culture bananas lies in reaching out to farmers who own large farms.