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Published on 02 Dec 2014
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Hill Bananas owe their name, and distinct flavour, to the Palani Hills of Tamil Nadu in the southernmost part of the Indian peninsula.
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Published on 03 Jun 2014
Ensete thumbnail Enset is a member of the same botanical family as the banana, but unlike its cousin it is not grown for its fruit but for its rhizome and pseudostem.
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Published on 17 Dec 2013
Earth banana thumbnail When the founders of EARTH University bought the land on which to build a campus, the property included a commercial banana farm.
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Published on 05 Jul 2013
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  Sophie Spillemaeckers and Ludovic Schweitzer, the environmentally conscious founders of Concrete Dreams, spent a month in Rwanda and the South Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) shooting videos on marketing, nutritional and crop management issues thanks to a grant from the Flemish Interuniversity Council to KU Leuven. The videos are part of a multilingual series of training videos for Africa produced for CIALCA, a partnership of three CGIAR centres trying to improve the lives of the region’s smallholder farmers. The videos are available for download from Concrete Dream's Africa training page, along with an earlier series of CIALCA videos remastered by Concrete Dreams. They are also accessible for viewing on the CIALCA YouTube channel. (Photos by Concrete Dreams)
Published on 27 Mar 2013
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  The area encompassing Sulawesi, the Maluku Islands and the Lesser Sunda Islands forms a triangle strategically located at the intersection of the geographic distribution of Musa acuminata subspecies whose genetic signature has been found in many cultivated bananas. Its unresolved role in the domestication of bananas and the fact that it has been little explored made it a top priority destination for exploration and collecting for the MusaNet network coordinated by Bioversity International. The plan to pay a visit to the triangle became reality when Bioversity funded two missions as part of the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas.  The core collecting team was made up of scientists from the Indonesian Tropical Fruit Research Institute (ITFRI) - banana taxonomist and breeder Edison Hs and plant pathologist Riska Jumjunidang – and Jeff Daniells, banana taxonomist and principal horticulturist at the Queensland’s Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry in Australia. ITFRI banana taxonomist Fitriana Nasution accompanied the group during the first mission in October 2012, while Agus Sutanto, the curator of the ITFRI collection in Solok on the island of Sumatra, joined the second one in February-March 2013. Staff from the local offices of the Assessment Institute for Agricultural Technology (AIAT) also joined the group as it travelled through the region.


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