Achieving sustainable cultivation of bananas Volume 2 Germplasm and genetic improvement
Dr Gert Kema is Professor of Tropical Plant Pathology at the Laboratory for Phytopathology of 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 cofounder 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.
Despite bananas being the world’s most exported and valuable fruit, banana production faces a number of challenges, primarily the extremely narrow genetic base currently available for commercial cultivation which increases the rate of vulnerability to diseases and other stresses. The sector faces increasing pressure to improve existing varieties, as well as to develop new varieties which retain key yield and quality characteristics and improved resistance to abiotic and biotic stresses.
Achieving sustainable cultivation of bananas Volume 2: Germplasm and genetic improvement offers an authoritative discussion on the progress of identifying and broadening the genetic base for Musa species. This collection reviews the current conventional and molecular breeding techniques for breeding new varieties of banana, as well as providing coverage on improving traits in Cavendish.
With its distinguished editors and international range of expert authors, Achieving sustainable cultivation of bananas Volume 2: Germplasm and genetic improvement will be a standard reference for university and other researchers in tropical fruit science, government and other agencies supporting banana cultivation, as well as commercial banana growers and retailers. This title is accompanied by a companion volume: Achieving sustainable cultivation of bananas Volume 1: Cultivation techniques.
Focus on key issues in expanding the genetic base for Musa, including, exploiting current collections of germplasm and collecting and evaluating wild Musa species and landraces
Covers methods for improving fertility, resistance and other traits in Cavendish
Reviews the range of conventional and modern molecular techniques for breeding new banana varieties
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"The editors have assembled a team of leading researchers in banana germplasm and genetic improvement with many years of expertise. This comprehensive compilation takes into account the important and diverse factors affecting long-term banana production sustainability. It will be an important resource for the research community but will be of value to producers and consumers as well.”Dr Brian Irish, USDA-ARS PGITRU, USA
Table of contents
1.An overview of genetic improvement in bananas over the last century: Mike Smith, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries,
Australia; and Michael Pillay, Vaal University of Technology, South Africa;
Part 1 Classification 2.Cytogenetics of structural rearrangements in Musa hybrids and cultivars: Fajarudin Ahmad, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), Indonesia and Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands; Peter M. Bourke and Henk Schouten, Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands; Hugo Volkaert, Center for Agricultural Biotechnology – Kasetsart University, Thailand; Gert H. J. Kema, Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands; and Hans de Jong, Kasetsart University, Thailand and Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands; 3.Identifying and classifying banana cultivars: Jeff Daniells, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Australia; and Steven B. Janssens, Botanic Garden Meise, Belgium; 4.Exploiting current Musa collections: V. Guignon, Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT, France;
Part 2 Broadening the genetic base 5.Scope of collecting wild Musa species germplasm: Julie Sardos, Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT, Montpellier Office, France; 6.Collection and evaluation of wild Musa species: Hugo A. Volkaert, Center for Agricultural Biotechnology – Kasetsart University, Thailand; 7.Collection and evaluation of banana and plantain landraces
in Africa: D. Karamura and W. Ocimati, Bioversity International, Uganda; G. Blomme, Bioversity International, Ethiopia; J. G. Adheka, University of Kisangani (UNIKIS), Democratic Republic of the Congo; C. Sivirihauma, Université Catholique du Graben (UCG), Democratic Republic of the Congo; D. B. Dhed’a, University of Kisangani (UNIKIS), Democratic Republic of the Congo; and E. Karamura, Bioversity International, Uganda; 8.Seed germination, preservation and population genetics of wild Musa germplasm: Bart Panis, Bioversity International and Katholieke University of Leuven (KUL), Belgium; Simon Kallow, Royal Botanical Gardens Kew, UK and Katholieke University of Leuven (KUL), Belgium; and
Steven B. Janssens, Meise Botanic Garden, Belgium; 9.Safe dissemination of germplasm resources of banana: John Thomas, The University of Queensland, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, Ecosciences Precinct, Australia; Sébastien Massart, Integrated and Urban Plant Pathology Laboratory, Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, University of Liège, Belgium; Ines Van den Houwe, Bioversity International Transit Centre, KU Leuven, Division of Crop Biotechnics – Laboratory of Tropical Crop Improvement, Belgium; Nicolas Roux, Bioversity International,
France; and Kathy Crew, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Ecosciences Precinct, Australia;
Part 3 Genetic improvement through breeding 10.Making banana breeding more effective: F. Bakry, J. P. Horry and C. Jenny, CIRAD, UMR AGAP and AGAP, Université de Montpellier, CIRAD, INRAE, Institut Agro, France; 11.Overcoming the fertility crisis in bananas (Musa spp.): Delphine Amah, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Nigeria; David W. Turner, The University of Western Australia, Australia; D. Jane Gibbs, Consultant, Australia; Allan Waniale, Makerere University and National Agricultural Research Laboratories, Uganda; Gil Gram, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Uganda and Katholieke University of Leuven (KUL), Belgium; and Rony Swennen, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Tanzania and Katholieke University of Leuven (KUL), Belgium; 12.Targeted improvement of Cavendish clones: Eli Khayat, Rahan Meristem (1998) LTD., Israel; 13.Developing hybrid banana varieties with improved properties: Edson Perito Amorim, Vanusia Batista de Oliveira Amorim, Manassés dos Santos Silva, Fernando Haddad, Claudia Fortes Ferreira and Janay Almeida dos Santos Serejo, Embrapa, Brazil; 14.Genetic modification of bananas: the long road to farmers’ fields: James Dale, Queensland University of Technology, Australia; Wilberforce Tushemereirwe, National Agricultural Research Organisation, Uganda; and Robert Harding, Queensland University of Technology, Australia; 15.The usage of phenotyping, genetics and functional genomics approaches to improve environmental stress factors in banana: Sebastien Christian Carpentier, Bioversity International and Katholieke University of Leuven (KUL), Belgium; and David Eyland, Katholieke University of Leuven (KUL), Belgium;