The detection tool is built in a mobile app called Tumaini – which means 'hope' in Swahili – and is designed to help smallholder banana growers quickly detect a disease or pest and prevent a wide outbreak from happening. Credit: CIAT

Artificial intelligence helps banana growers protect the world’s favourite fruit

Using artificial intelligence, scientists created an easy-to-use tool to detect banana pests and diseases. With an average 90% success rate in...

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Safeguarding the future of banana against changing climates, pests and diseases

KU Leuven and Bioversity International today sign a landmark agreement to safeguard the future of the world’s favourite fruit. 

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Field work during the MusaNet Regional Workshop on Musa Characterization and Documentation in Costa Rica. Credit: Bioversity International/M.Ruas

Sharing best practices for banana germplasm conservation and exchange

Latin American and Caribbean banana collection curators came together for the MusaNet Regional Workshop on Musa Characterization and Documentation

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Farmers participating in a focus group in Burundi. Credit: Bioversity International/F. Iradukunda

From agronomic practices to gender norms and agency in banana disease management

On the International Day of Rural Women, our researcher François Iradukunda reflects on how a new perspective on gender has changed the way he works...

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CGIAR centres and research programmes combine forces to reduce the damage of banana disease in Uganda

Bioversity International brings together a highly multidisciplinary team with the aim of making innovative breakthroughs to curb the spread of Banana...

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Banana variety conserved at the Musa Germplasm Collection, Mbarara, Uganda. Credit: Bioversity International/N.Capozio

Global programme seeks to contain serious threat to the world’s bananas

FAO and partners including Bioversity International launch campaign against new Fusarium wilt strain that jeopardizes livelihoods reliant on the...

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Belgium Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation, Alexander De Croo, visiting Bioversity International's banana genebank hosted at the Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven). Credit: Bioversity International/N.Capozio

Belgium renews strong support to Bioversity International’s banana research

In September, the Belgian Government has strongly committed to support Bioversity International’s banana research activities that contribute to...

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Poster on the single diseased stem removal technique (SDSR), one of the management practices that have been shown to be effective in controlling Xanthomonas wilt. Credit: Bioversity International

Collaboration on research and training to control banana Xanthomonas wilt in East and Central Africa

Xanthomonas wilt is a bacterial disease threatening banana production in East and Central Africa. New collaborative research involving Bioversity...

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Xanthomonas bacterial wilt of enset caused by X. campestris pv. musacearum. The photos depict leaf yellowing and wilting, and pockets of bacterial ooze in a leaf petiole. Credit: Bioversity International/G.Blomme.

One-stop shop for knowledge on banana and enset bacterial wilt

A review by Bioversity International and partners describes global distribution, symptoms, pathogenic diversity, epidemiology and the state of the art...

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Banana farmers in Burundi. Credit: Bioversity International/F.Iradukunda

How does gender influence banana disease management?

New research by Bioversity International is studying how women and men control and manage banana cropping systems in Burundi, and how this can...

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