Banana research at Wageningen UR

Bananas are a staple food for more than 400 million people in the tropics. They are the fourth most consumed food crop, the most consumed non-cereal staple food,

and the most consumed fruit in the world. Global banana production is, however, threatened by widespread fungal diseases: Fusarium Wilt and Black Sigatoka.

Wageningen University and Research centre developed a portfolio of partnerships, research programs and projects over the last decade.

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fusarium wilt

Fusarium Wilt (Panama disease) is caused by the fungus Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense.
Learn all the details about this threat, the consequences for the global banana production and the research programs Wageningen UR and her partners are conducting to control Fusarium Wilt.

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The fungus Pseudocercospora fijiensis
causes the pandemic Black Sigatoka disease in banana. It is forcing banana producers to use more and more fungicides with detrimental effects on the environment and economic sustainability of banana production. Read more about Black Sigatoka and the research of Wageningen UR.

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Contact information

Dr. G.H.J. (Gert) Kema
Wageningen University & Research
P.O. Box 69
6700 AB Wageningen
The Netherlands
+31 317 48 06 32