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Published by Anne Vézina on 07 Oct 2015
Image Most origin stories of the banana mistakenly leave out the Pacific region as a primary centre of domestication.
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Published by David W. Turner on 31 Aug 2015
Image David Turner explores whether tissue-culture banana plantlets are intrinsically superior to conventional planting material.
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Published by Anne Vézina on 18 Dec 2014
Ivan Buddenhagen's theory on the origin of the pathogenic strains that cause Fusarium wilt in bananas.
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Published by Anne Vézina on 12 Nov 2014
Image There is more than one way of improving bananas. Maybe time has come to consider mixing them.
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Published by Hans-Willem van der Waal on 15 Sep 2014
Image Sudan may seem an unlikely place for growing bananas, but it has a large potential for organic banana production.
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Published by Anne Vézina on 14 Aug 2014

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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Published by Anne Vézina on 07 Aug 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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Published by Anne Vézina on 22 May 2014

Bananas are unusual among major crops in that most of the types grown, either for export or local consumption, are farmer-selected varieties. Less well-known is the role played by islands in safeguarding cultivars that have all but disappeared elsewhere.

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