CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers & Bananas

20 Aug 2014

A pathogen on the move: Fusarium wilt TR4 now in Africa

In late 2013, fusarium wilt tropical race 4 (TR4) was found for the first time in Africa. Find out more in this Annual Report 2013 story.  ... read more

19 Aug 2014

Preventing micronutrient deficiencies through vitamin A-rich bananas

Vitamin A deficiency is the leading cause of acquired blindness in children and increased mortality from diarrhoeal diseases. Find out how Vitamin A-rich bananas can help in this 2013 Annual Report  ... read more

12 Aug 2014

Bioversity International banana work in the Philippines highlighted by key national partner

Bioversity International received a recognition award from one of our key national partners in the Philippines, the Department of Agriculture - Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR).  ... read more

07 Aug 2014

International Horticultural Congress 2014

Staff of Bioversity International will take part in the International Horticultural Congress in Brisbane, Australia, from 17-22 August, highlighting the importance of crop diversity and indigenous  ... read more

29 Jul 2014

The Democratic Republic of Congo home to one of the highest diversity of plantains in Africa

A series of collecting missions in the Democratic Republic of Congo reveals the extent of the country’s plantain diversity. Plantains are cooking bananas that are a staple food for millions of people  ... read more

25 Jul 2014

Reducing micronutrient deficiencies with vitamin A-rich bananas in rural Eastern Africa

Beatrice Ekesa, post-doctoral fellow, Bioversity International, is working in Eastern Africa where banana forms an important part of diets. She explains her research on using banana diversity to help  ... read more

16 Jul 2014

CIAT, CIP and Bioversity International DGs explore collaboration during CIAT visit

Director General M. Ann Tutwiler recently met with CIAT Director General, Ruben Echeverría, and Barbara Wells, Director General of CIP to discuss areas of further collaboration between the three CGIAR  ... read more

03 Jul 2014

What is in a banana name?

Bioversity International’s global list of banana cultivar names hopes to help scientists sort out the crop’s taxonomy. Available on the ProMusa website, the list is highlighted in the Hortax  ... read more

07 Apr 2014

Noah's Ark for bananas

The Independent highlights the importance of the world’s largest collection of banana germplasm, held in trust in Belgium and managed by Bioversity International.  ... read more

13 Mar 2014

Al Jazeera writes about the need to diversify banana production

In a recent Al Jazeera article, Dr Stephan Weise, Deputy Director General of Research at Bioversity, explains the need to diversify banana production as a fungal disease continues to devastate banana  ... read more