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Panama: New plantain varieties

Researchers at Panama's Agricultural Research Institute work on the propagation of healthy plants, germplasm conservation and various modern biotechnological techniques in order to improve the characteristics of food crops.

The researchers are implementing a micro-propagation concept on Hawaiian Plantain because of this fruit's stability, high nutritional value, and relatively easy production. The Hawaiian plantain is part of the Musa family, it's a perennial herb with a short rhizome and large leaves arranged in a spiral.
This plant is undemanding in regards to the soil in which it grows. It thrives in clay, calcareous or siliceous soils, which are fertile, permeable, deep, well drained and rich in nitrogenous materials.

Climate change has made it possible for it to be susceptible to irrigation in summer, which biostimulates the plant allowing it to take in nutrients and defences so it can grow strong, with a thick trunk, good vegetative growth and the ability to yield high volumes.

Hawaiian plantains are 25 to 26 centimetres long and quite thick.


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