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Putting news on bananas in context

The Pacific connection

Anne Vézina Thursday, 22 March 2012

Efforts to conserve Pacific bananas aim to raise awareness on their importance and shed light on their tangled history.

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Hawaiian bananas then and now

Anne Vézina Thursday, 16 February 2012
Image Bananas that have all but disappeared from farmers' fields live on in a meticulously documented and beautifully illustrated book.
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Knowledge is not enough

Anne Vézina Tuesday, 29 November 2011
Image In Burundi, when it comes to controlling bunchy top, knowledge does not automatically translate into action.
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Handle with care

Anne Vézina Monday, 28 November 2011
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An IITA scientist cautions against promoting tissue-culture plantlets as a stand-alone technology.
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The challenge of sustainability

Anne Vézina Friday, 25 November 2011
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Can the origin of a banana indicate whether its production is sustainable?
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A global effort to contain a global threat

Anne Vézina Thursday, 24 November 2011
Image Recent advances have paved the way for a global effort to address the dreaded TR4 fungus.
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Banana research in the new CGIAR

Anne Vézina Wednesday, 26 October 2011
The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research is undergoing a major reform which could lead to the integration of its work on bananas into a research programme that also includes roots and tubers.
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The effect of tillage on soil and yield

Anne Vézina Wednesday, 19 October 2011
tillage mulch
Tillage is usually not an issue in perennial banana cropping systems, but scientists in the West French Indies looked into the matter to determine whether periodical tillage is necessary to maintain high yield.
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The economics of intensifying East African highland banana systems in Uganda

Anne Vézina Wednesday, 05 October 2011
Roadside market in Uganda
Nearly two-thirds of the bananas produced in Uganda are transported over long distances to reach their markets, a situation that offers limited scope for the sustainable intensification of these faraway banana systems, according to a study by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture.
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Will growing bananas in the subtropics become easier with climate change?

Anne Vézina Tuesday, 04 October 2011
Current suitability for growing rainfed bananas (top) and projected suitability in 2020 (middle) and 2050 (bottom). Suitability is highest in the dark green areas and lowest in the red ones. White areas are unsuitable.
Growing bananas in the subtropics presents its own set of challenges, as the talks presented at a symposium on bananas in the subtropics confirmed. Not surprisingly many participants were keen on finding out what climate change models say about the future suitability of the subtropics for growing bananas.
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Lessons from introducing FHIA-21

Anne Vézina Wednesday, 20 July 2011
A study analyses the factors that favoured the adoption of FHIA-21 in the Dominican Republic.
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The spread of Xanthomonas wilt in Burundi

Anne Vézina Friday, 15 July 2011
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Recent observations of Xanthomonas wilt in Burundi show that the disease is spreading in the border provinces.
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Banana pathogens: how to leave them behind when travelling

Anne Vézina Wednesday, 06 July 2011
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Banana scientists are warned about the risk of spreading pests and diseases.
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Revisiting a popular reference book

Anne Vézina Wednesday, 09 March 2011
David W. Turner reviews the second edition of John Robinson’s well-known book on bananas and plantains.
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Engineered for survival

Anne Vézina Monday, 07 March 2011
James Dale uf Queensland University of Technology
Cavendish bananas that have been genetically engineered to outsmart the causal agent of Fusarium wilt will be tested in field trials in Australia.
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