Going against nature

In his latest blog, Juan Lucas Restrepo talks about the importance of identifying collective solutions to diversify our agriculture and thus fight...

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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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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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Farmers on a Sri Lankan farm where crop rotations of chilli, rice and other crops are practised, here harvesting chilli peppers. Credit: Bioversity International/S.Landersz

What has agricultural biodiversity ever done for us?

Bioversity International scientist Simon Attwood explains how the use of agricultural biodiversity can make our diets healthier, and agriculture more...

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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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Joy Mugisha in her home seedbank. Credit: Bioversity International/J.Turyatemba

Banking on diversity and knowledge-sharing – the story of one of Uganda’s best farmers

One of the winners of Uganda’s National Best Farmers competition, Joy Mugisha is not only an invaluable source of agrobiodiversity knowledge for her...

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Dr. Eldad Karamura, Bioversity International Regional Representative for Eastern and Southern Africa, welcomes President Museveni to the first Banana Farmers Day in Bushenyi, Uganda. Credit: Bioversity International/J.Turyatemba

Uganda President Museveni officiates at Bioversity International Banana Farmers Day

Banana is a very important source of food and income in Uganda. Bioversity International and NARO organized the first Banana Farmers’ Day, which was...

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Banana plantation worker in Colombia. Credit: CIAT/N. Palmer

Crank it up! Researchers discover that banana plants enjoy thermotherapy

Bioversity International and other CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas scientists have discovered several thermotherapy-related...

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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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