|Type||National research centre|
|Headquarters||Cruz das Almas, Brazil|
Embrapa is the Portuguese name of the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation. It stands for Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária. Created in 1973, it is composed of 38 Research Centers, 3 Service Centers and 13 Central Divisions. Its work on bananas is conducted by the National Center for Research on Cassava and Fruit Crops (Embrapa Cassava & Fruits).
Embrapa cassava and fruits
In addition to banana, Embrapa Cassava and Fruits works on cassava, citrus, mango, papaya, pineapple, passion fruit and acerola. The center carries out studies in the areas of genetic improvement, biotechnology, crop management, pests and diseases, irrigation, plant physiology, post-harvest handling, soil fertility, plant nutrition, soil management and conservation, socioeconomics, statistics, food science and technology. It is also very active in the dissemination of knowledge and technologies for small, intermediate and large farmers, rural extension specialists, agroindustries and the academic community of research.
Banana genetic improvement
The banana genetic improvement programme has generated, recommended and distributed an array of cultivars and hybrids that are resistant to Fusarium wilt, black leaf streak or Sigatoka leaf spot, three of the most important banana diseases in Brazil. A Prata-type hybrid (Pacovan Ken) was released in 2001 and a Silk-type hybrid (Tropical) in 2003. The release of another Prata-type hybrid, BRS Platina, is planned for 2012.
Some synthetic hybrids developed by EMBRAPA
'PA 03-22', 'PC 12-05', 'PV 03-44'. These synthetic hybrids showed a good level of resistance to Fusarium wilt race 1 in field evaluation trials in Australia1.
See also on this website
InfoMus@ news on the fourth ISHS-ProMusa symposium, which was hosted by Embrapa.