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Putting news on bananas in context

Where banana diversity defies expectations

Anne Vézina Thursday, 08 April 2021
Menegan 70px
A pre-pandemic visit to Papua New Guinea revealed a rare and improbable edible banana.
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Banana pathogens’ new names

Anne Vézina Tuesday, 06 October 2020
TR4 is associated with a new species name, while the causal agent of BXW (finally) changes species.
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Modernizing Simmonds and Shepherd’s legacy

Anne Vézina Thursday, 23 May 2019
Mixing Strategies 70px The nomenclature system specific to edible bananas is the only alternative to Latin binomials, but it needs tweaking and advocates to promote it.
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Linnaeus’s banana legacy

Anne Vézina Wednesday, 22 May 2019
Linnaeus FGB 70px How Linnaeus inadvertently muddled the taxonomy of bananas when he gave Latin binomials to two edible bananas.
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The impact of extreme weather events on the price of bananas

Anne Vézina Monday, 23 July 2018
Dunkerke UGPBAN 70px A study explores the impact of extreme weather events on the price of bananas in the French market.
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One fungus, one name and the Sigatoka disease complex on banana

Anne Vézina Tuesday, 19 December 2017
One Fungus 70px Taxonomists have put an end to the practice of giving separate names to the sexual and asexual forms of pathogenic fungi.
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The hidden side of banana diversity

Anne Vézina Tuesday, 24 October 2017
Hidden Diveristy How three cultivar-rich but genetically homogeneous types of bananas came to dominate global production.
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Agroecology and the banana: from theory to practice

Anne Vézina Wednesday, 22 March 2017
Agroecology 70px How close (or far) are we from banana production systems inspired by agroecological principles?
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GWAS and the parthenocarpic banana

Anne Vézina Tuesday, 31 May 2016
Parthenocarpic Banana 70px A proof-of-concept study shows that genome-wide associations are feasible in banana.
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Why screening protocols matter

Anne Vézina Thursday, 27 August 2015
Miguel Dita 70px Embrapa scientist Miguel Dita on the need to improve the screening of bananas for their resistance to Fusarium wilt.
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The 22 days that changed the Australian banana industry

Anne Vézina Monday, 16 March 2015
Quarantined Farm Small Australian farmers are fighting to contain TR4, the greatest threat to the country's banana industry.
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Lessening the impact of tropical cyclones

Anne Vézina Thursday, 22 January 2015
Cyclone Damage The Australian banana industry developed practices to reduce the impact of tropical cyclones on growers’ livelihoods.
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The Plantains of the Democratic Republic of Congo

Anne Vézina Monday, 28 July 2014
Boofo Small A series of collecting missions to the four corners of the Democratic Republic of Congo reveals the extent of the country’s Plantain diversity.
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Rehabilitating banana fields devastated by Xanthomonas wilt

Anne Vézina Friday, 30 May 2014
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The story of Katana’s banana farmers illustrates how destructive Xanthomonas wilt can be, but also how manageable it is.

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TR4’s transcontinental leap

Anne Vézina Thursday, 21 November 2013

While Latin America is preparing for the worst, the banana community comes to grips with the news that tropical race 4 is on Africa’s doorstep.

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