- Teelt Specialist Potplanten
- UK & IRL Avocado Trader
- Sales Manager Bio / Netherlands
- Production Manager
- Assistant Professor - Controlled Environments Entomologist
- Technical Development Specialist | Horticulture | France
- Director of Business Development | Middle East | Agtech
- Farm/Production Manager; Berlin (m/w/d)
- Trader Asian Market
- Avocado Growing Manager - Kenya
Top 5 -yesterday
Top 5 -last week
- “I don’t know how blueberry farmers are going to survive”
- South African orange shipment reveals R75 million worth of cocaine
- “Laser micro-perforated bags extend bananas' shelf life by three weeks”
- Shelf-life extension technology reduces brown stems in grapes
- Blueberries will be the main focus at the next Macfrut
Top 5 -last month
AU: North Qld banana farmers warned of fungus
Different strains of Panama disease, a fungus which affects the roots of banana plants, have already been discovered in Australia and have the potential to make entire farms unproductive.
Panama disease expert Dr Gus Molina, of Bioversity International, said it was possible to prevent the spread of the tropical race 4 strain, which affects Cavendish bananas - the most common variety grown in Australia.
The strain was discovered in the Northern Territory in the 1990s, but has not been found in the banana growing regions of NSW, Queensland and WA.
Dr Molina said the key to containing the fungus was vigilance.
"It's a matter of making sure the disease from the Northern Territory does not make it into north Queensland, where the main banana industry is," he told AAP on Thursday.
"Farmers can make sure that no planting materials have come from the affected regions of the NT, but Australia's quarantine measures are quite strong."
Meanwhile, Dr Tony Pattison of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries says his research has uncovered ways to mitigate the impacts of Panama disease race 1, which affects smaller banana varieties like Lady Finger and Ducasse.
"We've found that growing native grasses and vegetation around banana plants can lead to a suppression of the disease," he said.
"It could mean that two thirds of the fruit of an affected plant could make it to market, rather than less than a third, which is currently the case."
Earlier this week, the Northern Territory government lifted its quarantines on properties previously infected by tropical race 4, but prohibitions against the movement of soil and plants from the area remain in place.
Receive the daily newsletter in your email for free | Click here
Other news in this sector:
- 2022-12-06 Banana price relatively stable
- 2022-12-06 “Very different dynamics in this year’s banana sales”
- 2022-12-05 A Russian transport company seeks to establish routes to supply Latin American bananas to Russia
- 2022-12-05 New banana flour processing plant for Philippines
- 2022-12-02 New banana varieties set to provide Aussie consumers with greater choice in the future
- 2022-12-02 Banana growers Ben and Matt Abbott recognised with a Reef Champion Award
- 2022-12-02 “Laser micro-perforated bags extend bananas' shelf life by three weeks”
- 2022-12-01 Pakistan only contributes 0.5% to international banana market
- 2022-12-01 Growers laud Taiwan for Banana Revitalisation Project
- 2022-12-01 Bangladesh: Tk 85.5 mln worth of gold dug up in banana orchard
- 2022-11-30 The price of Vietnamese bananas doubles after Chinese market opens
- 2022-11-30 Ecuador exported 34.1 million fewer boxes of bananas up to October 2022
- 2022-11-30 Pakistan: Banana growers enthusiastic about cooperation with Chinese researchers
- 2022-11-29 JP Farms to take legal action against fake 'Jamaican bananas' found in Canada
- 2022-11-29 ACIAR launches project to prevent spread of Fusarium wilt in bananas
- 2022-11-29 Bananas from Belize at £0.88
- 2022-11-29 Deliveroo: Bananas were most-ordered takeaway dish of 2022 in Manchester
- 2022-11-28 EU saw 4.228.169 tons of bananas being supplied in 2021
- 2022-11-28 Ghana: Kpong Left Bank Irrigation Project sets up banana plantation
- 2022-11-25 Politician files Bill intent on revitalizing and strengthening banana industry