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Blomme, Guy

Scientist, Integrated Banana and Enset Systems

Guy Blomme, a Belgian national, joined Bioversity in 2000 and has since managed several research for development projects in the east and central African region (Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Rwanda, Burundi, DR Congo and Ethiopia). Guy’s work has focused on integrated pest management, Musa germplasm characterization and evaluation, agronomy, academic and technical capacity building, partnership strengthening, knowledge communication and dissemination, and project coordination and implementation.

As of 2014, Guy has been strongly involved in banana disease and pest risk assessment work in Central Africa led by the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas. In addition, research on enset systems was initiated in Ethiopia in 2014 with a focus on enset system characterization, G x E interactions, Xanthomonas wilt, sustainable intensification and value chain development.

Since 2006, Guy has been involved in a DGD-Belgium-funded Bioversity International-led banana project in the framework of the Consortium for Improving Agriculture-based Livelihoods in Central Africa (CIALCA). CIALCA is a research in development platform comprising three CGIAR centres (IITA, CIAT and Bioversity International), national and regional agricultural research institutions, national and international NGOs, the private sector, Belgian and African Universities and farmer associations.

From 1995 till 1999, Guy conducted PhD research on banana root systems at the IITA Onne research station in south-western Nigeria.



PhD K.U.Leuven, Belgium/IITA, Nigeria. Banana agronomy/morphology/physiology

MSc ESAT/ENGREF, Montpellier, France. Tree fodder/agro-forestry

MSc K.U.Leuven, Belgium. Banana nematology

Publication highlights:

Blomme, G., Ocimati, W., Sivirihauma, C., Vutseme, L., Mariamu B., Kamira, M., van Schagen, B., Ekboir, J. and Ntamwira, J. (2017). A control package revolving around the removal of single diseased banana stems is effective for the restoration of Xanthomonas wilt infected fields. European Journal of Plant Pathology, 149(2), 385-400. DOI: 10.1007/s10658-017-1189-6.

Blomme, G., Dita, M., Jacobsen, K.S., Pérez Vicente, L., Molina, A., Ocimati, W., Poussier, S. and Prior, P. (2017). Bacterial Diseases of Bananas and Enset: Current State of Knowledge and Integrated Approaches Toward Sustainable Management. Front. Plant Sci. 8, 1290. doi:10.3389/fpls.2017.01290.

Ocimati, W., V. Nakato, K.M. Fiaboe, F. Beed and G. Blomme. (2014). Incomplete systemic movement of Xanthomonas campestris pv. musacearum and the occurrence of latent infections in Xanthomonas wilt infected banana mats. Plant Pathology, 64(1), 81-90. Doi: 10.1111/ppa.12233.

Blomme, G., R. Ploetz, D. Jones, E. De Langhe, N. Price, C. Gold, A. Geering, A. Viljoen, D. Karamura, M. Pillay, W. Tinzaara, P.-Y. Teycheney, P. Lepoint, E. Karamura and I. Buddenhagen. (2013). A historical overview of the appearance and spread of Musa pests and pathogens on the African continent: highlighting the importance of clean Musa planting materials and quarantine measures. Annals of Applied Biology, 162: 4–26.

Ocimati, W., F. Ssekiwoko, E. Karamura, W. Tinzaara, S. Eden-Green and G. Blomme. (2013). Systemicity of Xanthomonas campestris pv. musacearum and time to disease expression after inflorescence infection in East African highland and Pisang Awak bananas in Uganda. Plant Pathology 62, 777-785.