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Putting news on bananas in context

Banana breeding’s explorer

Anne Vézina Thursday, 04 July 2013

Frédéric Bakry has carved for himself a unique career thanks to his readiness for taking calculated risks and exploring the roads less travelled.

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Australia’s Hundred Years War on bunchy top

Anne Vézina Tuesday, 09 April 2013

Australia has embarked on an ambitious plan to eradicate a devastating viral disease from its territory.

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Trainer’s manuals on banana tissue-culture plantlets

Anne Vézina Friday, 01 March 2013
Two manuals explain how to train farmers and prospective nursery operators to become successful entrepreneurs.
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A new disease of banana?

Anne Vézina Tuesday, 05 February 2013

Survey results from Papua New Guinea provide the strongest evidence so far that phytoplasmas can cause disease in bananas.

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Best bets for banana research

Anne Vézina Tuesday, 18 December 2012
Which problems should scientists solve first and which solutions are more likely to have a positive impact on food security and livelihoods?
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Growing Cavendish in the presence of TR4

Anne Vézina Monday, 10 December 2012
Giant Cavendish Tissue Culture variant 105(GCTCV_105) plants
Farmers are using Chinese leeks and Cavendish somaclonal variants to cope with Fusarium wilt.
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Farmer Field Schools that keep on giving

Anne Vézina Monday, 03 December 2012
George Ouma
Farmer Field Schools and hard work pay off for Kenyan farmers resisting the spread of Xanthomonas wilt.
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First glimpse at the banana genome

Anne Vézina Wednesday, 11 July 2012
The genome sequence is expected to provide genetic tools to help overcome obstacles to conserving, breeding and sustainably producing bananas.
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A life dedicated to bananas

Anne Vézina Monday, 25 June 2012
André Lassoudiere
After working on bananas for more than 40 years, André Lassoudière continues his love affair with the world’s most popular fruit in a series of books written for the French-speaking market.
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With a little help from (functional) biodiversity

Anne Vézina Tuesday, 03 April 2012
CIRAD scientists take on the challenge of restoring ecosystem services and meeting farmers’ needs.
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Battling an invisible enemy

Anne Vézina Wednesday, 28 March 2012
Uptake of fluorescent peptide by Radopholus similis
Different approaches to controlling nematodes without nematicides.
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The Pacific connection

Anne Vézina Thursday, 22 March 2012

Efforts to conserve Pacific bananas aim to raise awareness on their importance and shed light on their tangled history.

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Hawaiian bananas then and now

Anne Vézina Thursday, 16 February 2012
Image Bananas that have all but disappeared from farmers' fields live on in a meticulously documented and beautifully illustrated book.
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Knowledge is not enough

Anne Vézina Tuesday, 29 November 2011
Image In Burundi, when it comes to controlling bunchy top, knowledge does not automatically translate into action.
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Handle with care

Anne Vézina Monday, 28 November 2011
TC East Africa thumbnail
An IITA scientist cautions against promoting tissue-culture plantlets as a stand-alone technology.
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