Lava Kumar, IITA scientist, points to a banana plant infected with Banana Bunchy Top Disease in a banana field during a Learning Alliance Workshop in Bujumbura, Burundi. Credit: IITA/ L. Kumar

Banana scientists cover significant ground in battling banana disease BBTD

As reported in the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas’ 2015 Annual Report, significant ground has been covered in the battle against...

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Bananas in Busheny, Uganda. Credit: Bioversity International/N.Capozio

New insights into banana genetics

New study by Bioversity International scientist Julie Sardos and colleagues, published in PLOS ONE, shows that genome-wide association studies are...

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CNN talks to Bioversity International about 'Panama disease' in bananas

Article by CNN highlights impacts in the market and features an interview with Bioversity International scientist to talk about alternatives against...

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Bioversity International associate scientist William Tinzaara discusses BXW disease management with farmer Enid Tumusilime, Uganda. Credit: Bioversity International/N. Capozio

Managing banana pests and diseases in East and Central Africa

William Tinzaara, Associate Scientist, based in our Uganda office, speaks about the work Bioversity International is carrying out with partners in...

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Ines Van den Houwe at the Bioversity International Musa Transit Centre. Credit: Bioversity International/ N. Capozio

Investing in safeguarding crop diversity for a food-secure future

Last week M. Ann Tutwiler, Director General, Bioversity International, spoke at the Global Crop Diversity Trust Pledging Conference on behalf of...

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Banana diversity at the East and Central Africa Musa Germplasm Collection, Mbarara, Uganda. Credit: Bioversity International/N. Capozio

Take a virtual tour of the Mbarara field collection of banana diversity, Uganda

Join Bioversity International researchers Deborah Karamura and William Tinzaara on a virtual tour of the East and Central Africa Musa Germplasm...

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Transporting bananas in Uganda. Credit: Bioversity International/N.Capozio

Scientists race to halt banana catastrophe

Scientists, including Bioversity International banana specialists, are scrambling to find a cure for a devastating fungus that threatens to wipe out...

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Orange-fleshed Fe'i bananas from the Pacific are rich in vitamin A precursors and an important source of good nutrition. The picture compares Karat Pwehu, one type of Fe'i banana, with while fleshed Utin Menihle, peeled and unpeeled.  Please credit: Bioversity International/L. Englberger

Mining banana biodiversity to reduce vitamin A deficiencies in East Africa

In this month’s DG Dialogues, M. Ann Tutwiler, Director General, Bioversity International, explains how swapping one variety of the most consumed food...

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Banana plant affected by Xanthomonas Wilt (BXW), Uganda.
Please credit: Bioversity International/N.Capozio

Farmer-friendly method controls banana Xanthomonas wilt disease

Bioversity International, IITA, ILAC and RTB are promoting a simple approach to bring this devastating banana disease under control while saving...

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Call for abstracts for 2016 ISHS-ProMusa Symposium

The symposium will focus on agroecological approaches to promote innovative banana production systems. Taking place from 10-15 October 2016 in...

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