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Del Monte and Australian university research disease-resistant bananas

Del Monte and Australian university research disease-resistant bananas

Published on Feb 23rd, 2021

Del Monte has teamed up with Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Australia to develop sustainable disease-resistant bananas. The main focus will be on breeding varieties with resistance to Tropical Race 4, a fungus that has blighted the world’s banana crops over the past decade. Del Monte’s involvement in this research is aimed at ensuring the industry’s long-term sustainability and overcoming the main challenges.

India’s bananas hit by wilt disease in Bihar and beyond

India’s bananas hit by wilt disease in Bihar and beyond

Published on May 02nd, 2018

India’s banana farmers are reeling from the potential devastating effects of wilt disease, which is spreading across the country. The Tropical Race 4 (TR4) fungus strain which causes wilt disease in banana plants hit the world’s number one producer first in Cavendish plantations in Bihar, but subsequently in other areas too, such as Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat.

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