Bananas and plantains: Toward sustainable global production and improved uses
Salvador, Brazil / 10-14 October 2011
 
Scientists from several countries around the world discussed latest advances in crop management, crop diversity and improvement, and post-harvest and marketing.

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Bananas and other tropical fruits under subtropical conditions: Challenges and innovative solutions
Lisbon, Portugal / 22-27 August 2010
 
The ISHS International Horticultural Congress in Lisbon was the venue for a symposium on production and marketing issues for bananas and other tropical fruits grown in subtropical regions.

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Global perspectives on Asian challenges
Guang Dong, China / 14-18 September 2009
 
Organized by the Crop Protection and Crop Improvement working groups of ProMusa and hosted by the Guang Dong Academy for Agricultural Sciences (GDAAS), the symposium brought together over 180 experts from different parts of the world to share their experience and discuss genetic and management solutions to problems affecting banana production systems in Asia. The proceedings of the meeting have been published in Acta Horticulturae. 

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Recent advances in banana crop protection for sustainable production and improved livelihoods
White River, South Africa / 10-14 September 2007
 
The first symposium held under the new alliance between ISHS and ProMusa was organized by Crop Protection working group and hosted by the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) and Du Roi Laboratories. The symposium brought together the world's leading experts on protecting bananas from pests and diseases. The proceedings have been published in Acta Horticulturae.

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Meeting of ProMusa working group convenors
Montpellier, France / 2-4 June 2005
 
ProMusa was established in 1997 to increase interactions between pathologists and the world’s few banana breeders in order to maximize the outputs of breeding and accelerate the impact of banana improvement efforts. Over the years, the network has played an important role in facilitating a number of events and achievements. But the world changes. There was a growing consensus that ProMusa needed to pay more attention to crop production issues and be more objective oriented. In June 2005, the convenors of the ProMusa working groups proposed to revitalize ProMusa by bringing the researchers together into multi-disciplinary teams to better respond to research priorities and facilitate the development of projects that cut across issues. The new ProMusa as we know it today was born.

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Fourth global ProMusa meeting and First international congress on Musa: Harnessing research to improve livelihoods
Penang, Malaysia / 6-9 July 2004
 
The purpose of the congress was to provide a common venue and stimulus to enable the integration of the most up-to-date results, information, technologies and methodologies from all disciplines of Musa research. The congress had five sessions: genetic resources and improvement, plant protection, sustaining the natural resource base in Musa cropping systems, post harvest and processing technologies for the diversification of income sources, and innovation and uptake.

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Second international symposium on Fusarium wilt on banana
Salvador, Brazil / 22-26 September 2003
 
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Breeders group meeting
Coimbatore, India / 23-27 June 2003
 

Third international symposium on molecular and cellular biology of bananas
Leuven, Belgium / 9-11 September 2002
 
   
The 3rd international symposium on molecular and cellular biology of bananas was held in Leuven, Belgium, 9-11 September 2002. The Genetic Improvement and Virology working groups also met after the symposium.

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Sigatoka working group meeting
Guapiles, Costa Rica / 24-25 May 2002
 
Participants presented their research capacity and future and ongoing projects related to Mycosphaerella leaf spot diseases. They also commented on their participation in ProMusa, defining their areas of interest where they would like to develop partnerships with other participants. The group identified various research priorities and defined the main activities that should be carried out.

Read the minutes of the meeting in the ProMusa newsletter No. 9 (PDF, 213 kB)

Breeders group meeting
Leuven, Belgium / 6-7 May 2002
 
Discussions at the first meeting of the Breeders group focused on the current status of Musa germplasm, a global Musa breeding programme, genomics versus breeding, and a Musa breeding programme for Asia and the Pacific.

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Weevil working group inauguration
Canary Islands, Spain / 2 March 2002
 
The inaugural meeting of the Weevil working group focused on working mechanisms and research priorities.

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Second international workshop on Mycosphaerella leaf spot diseases
San José, Costa Rica / 20-23 May 2002
 
Thirteen years after the 1st international workshop on Sigatoka diseases of banana held in San José, Costa Rica, in March 1989, the present proceedings offer an overview of the present status and outlook regarding Mycosphaerella leaf spot diseases at the global level.

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Nematology working group meeting
Hazyview, South Africa / 24-25 May 2001
 
Participants in the Nematology working group meeting presented an outline of their research with regard to the three research priorities: a) nematode communities and biodiversity; b) resistance screening (including methods, sources and mechanisms); and c) damage and yield loss potential of nematode populations.

Read the minutes of the meeting in the ProMusa newsletter No. 8 (PDF, 163 kB )

Meeting of ProMusa working group convenors
Montpellier, France / 18-20 April 2001
 
A first meeting of the convenors of the ProMusa working groups was held in Montpellier. Up-to-date news of the activities of each of the five groups were shared.  

Read the minutes of the meeting in the ProMusa newsletter No. 7 (PDF, 201 kB) 

Third global ProMusa meeting
Bangkok, Thailand / 6-8 November 2000
 
The ProMusa Steering Committee and the working groups on Genetic Improvement, Fusarium, Nematology, Sigatoka and Virology came together during the third global ProMusa meeting.

Read the minutes of the meetings in the ProMusa newsletter No. 6 (PDF, 932 kB)

Genomics workshop
Montpellier, France / 6-8 April 2000
 
The Genetic Improvement working group organized this meeting in order to make rapid progress in genomics research as applied to Musa. The participants agreed to form a Banana Genomic consortium.

Read the minutes of the meeting in the ProMusa newsletter No. 5 (PDF, 98 kB)  

Fusarium working group meeting
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia / 21-22 October 1999
 
The Fusarium working met during the International Seminar “Fusarium wilt of banana: towards sustainable cultivation”. The working group discussions covered four main areas: Fusarium wilt management issues; IMTP Phase III; issues relevant to other working groups; and updating of Fusarium working group documents.  

Read the minutes of the meeting in the ProMusa newsletter No. 4 (PDF, 194 kB)  

Meeting on genetic mapping
New York, USA / March 1999  
 
This meeting, organized by the Genetic Improvement working group, was held on the occasion of the International Symposium on the Molecular and Cellular Biology of Banana. Discussions focused on the role ProMusa could play in the development of partnerships between the public and private sector. It was recognised that ProMusa could provide a suitable forum for such collaboration, particularly in the area of pre-competitive research.

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Second global ProMusa meeting
Douala, Cameroon / 6 + 10 November 1998  
 
The second global ProMusa meeting was held during the International Symposium on Bananas and Food Security. The ProMusa Steering Committee held its first meeting and the working groups on Genetic Improvement, Nematology, Sigatoka and Virology also came together.

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Meeting on banana streak virus
Montpellier, France / 19-21 January 1998
 
The meeting, organized by the Virology working group, focused on recent advances in the understanding of the virus and the significance of integrated viral sequences in the Musa genome. Research needs were analysed and prioritized, and current BSV indexing procedures reassessed in the light of research results. It was generally agreed that the current indexing methods are still the most reliable for detecting a wide range of BSV isolates, and revisions to the Technical Guidelines for the Safe Movement of Musa germplasm were not considered necessary.

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Fusarium working group meeting
Tenerife / November 1997
 
Members of the Fusarium working group met during the International Symposium on Banana in the Subtropics held in Tenerife. The new IMTP Technical Guidelines for evaluation for Fusarium resistance were discussed and finalized by the group. It was agreed that members should submit ideas for new projects with the aim of developing close collaborative research linkages.  

First global ProMusa meeting
Gosier, Guadeloupe / 5 + 9 March 1997
 
The creation of ProMusa as the global programme for Musa improvement was endorsed during a joint World Bank/INIBAP meeting. The programme structure, modus operandi and medium-term plan were agreed upon.

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