This volume reviews key recent research on improving banana cultivation. Part 1 reviews current challenges in banana production. Part 2 surveys ways of improving cultivation practice across the value chain, from propagation to harvesting, packaging and ripening. The final part of the book assesses ways of measuring and improving the environmental impact of banana cultivation.
Highlights of the book include: the latest research on banana domestication and genetic diversity; new research on the limitations of current good agricultural practices and how areas such as soil health can be improved; and summaries of best practice in neglected but critical areas such as harvesting and ripening operations.
Drawing on an international range of expertise, the collection will be a standard reference for the banana research community as well as banana producers.
Dr Gert Kema is Professor of Tropical Plant Pathology and Head of the Department of Phytopathology at Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands. He leads several international banana research programs, including interdisciplinary research projects and public-private-partnerships focusing on Panama disease and black Sigatoka. He is a co-founder of several spin-off companies focusing on banana improvement, disease management and bioprocessing.; Dr André Drenth is Professor in Tropical Plant Pathology and theme leader for crop protection in the Centre for Horticultural Science at the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI), at the University of Queensland. He leads several projects on tropical plant diseases and he initiated and led a national Banana Plant Protection Programme set up to protect Australia’s banana industry from the impact of a range of pests and diseases.; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; Dr Víctor Galán Saúco is Research Professor (Emeritus)