Banana is one of the most important staple food crops throughout the developing countries of the tropics and subtropics, providing a source of income, food and nutrition for more than 400 million people.
Bioversity International has a standing commitment to the long-term conservation of the global banana collection held in trust at the Bioversity International Transit Centre (ITC) in Leuven, Belgium under the auspices of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).
Bioversity International coordinates three global networks for banana research, ProMusa, MusaNet and the Global Musa Genomics Consortium.
Bioversity International also provides coordination for banana research networks at the regional level.
MUSALAC - the Banana Research and Development Network for Latin America and the Caribbean
Innovate Plantain - the innovation platform on plantain that replaced MUSACO, the regional network for West and Central Africa
BARNESA - the Banana Research Network for Eastern and Southern Africa
BAPNET - the Banana Asia-Pacific Network
CIALCA - the consortium for improving agriculture-based livelihoods in Central Africa
Crop Genebank Knowledge Base includes a section on the conservation, characterization and safety duplication of bananas
Banana genome hub centralizes genetic and genomic data on the Musa acuminata genome sequence as well as the sequences of closely related species
Greenphyl is a web platform for comparative and functional genomics of some 30 sequenced species, including Musa acuminata