Bananas and Plantains

  title={Bananas and Plantains},
  author={Simon Gowen},
  booktitle={World Crop Series},
  • S. Gowen
  • Published in World Crop Series 1995
  • Biology
Preface. The origin and development of banana and plantain cultivation. Systems of cultivation and management. Molecular markers, genetic diversity and systematics in Musa. Musa genetics. Banana and plantain breeding. In vitro culture of bananas. Banana morphology - part I: roots and rhizomes. Banana morphology - part II: the aerial shoot. The response of the plant to the environment. Soils. Banana nutrition. Banana diseases. Pests. Harvesting and fruit care. Ripening and biochemistry of the… 

Genetic Improvement of Banana Using Conventional and In Vitro Technologies

Tissue culture-based technologies that involve embryo rescue, the generation of somaclonal variation, and gene-transfer procedures are a useful adjunct to sexual hybridization, although considerable effort is required to establish robust protoplast-to-plant systems for somatic hybridization.

Perspectives on the application of biotechnology to assist the genetic enhancement of plantain and banana (Musa spp.)

Application of biotechnology for the genetic enhancement of banana and plantain highlights current advances by research teams across the world and reviews progress in molecular breeding of Musa by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture and its collaborators.

Field establishment of in vitro-produced banana plants

At the end of the process, vigorous plants with uniform growth and high yield potential are planted out and become optimally established in the commercial field.

Genetic characterization of cultivated bananas and plantains (Musa ssp) in Kenya

In this study, a polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based approach, namely, random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) was used to estimate the genetic relationships of bananas and plantains.

Environmental physiology of the bananas (Musa spp.)

It is proposed that agronomists, physiologists and breeders could quantify the amount of water available in each rain-fed environment and work towards directing more of that water through the plant to improve water-use efficiency in irrigated plantations.

Optimization of in vitro regeneration and genetic transformation protocol for selected banana and plantain (Musa spp.) Cultivars and generation of transgenic banana resistant to bacterial xanthomonas wilt

A genetic transformation protocol for banana and plantain cultivars using meristematic tissues and to develop transgenic plants tolerant to BXW is optimized and contributes to the food security of communities living in Africa and relying on banana as a staple food.

Banana and plantain value chain: West Africa

EVANS SCHOOL POLICY ANALYSI S AND RESEARCH (EPAR) | 1 West Africa is one of the major plantain-producing regions of the world, accounting for approximately 32% of worldwide production. Plantains are

Assessment of Varietal Growth of Plantain and Banana in South-western Nigeria

Southwestern parts of Nigeria are located within savanna and forest agro-ecological zones in which the economy is agrarian in nature. The major crops intercropped with plantain and banana are cocoa

Optimizing the effect of plant growth regulators on in vitro micro propagation of Indian red banana (Musa acuminata)

It was concluded that a fruitful and practicable protocol was set up for the successful regeneration of new plantlets of red banana and significant increase in chlorophyll, carbohydrate, protein and phenol content was observed.



Cultivation of Banana using Plantlets from Meristem Culture

Plantlets orginating from adventitious buds of explants obtained from the decapitated shoot apex of a banana sucker established well under field conditions and gave rise to mature plants with

Bananas--physiology and biochemistry of storage and ripening for optimum quality.

  • J. Marriott
  • Biology, Medicine
    Critical reviews in food science and nutrition
  • 1980
Progress in understanding the integration of the biochemical changes controlling ripening in banana fruits is discussed, and recent work on storage, ripening, and factors relating to sensory assessment of fruit quality is discussed for cultivars of Musa types not used in major export trades.

Economic Insect Pests of Bananas

The world market demand for high-quality, blemish-free fruit, together with increasingly strict governmental restrictions on pesticide use, has increased the importance of banana insect research and this review will concentrate mainly on the pests in this region.

Banana nematodes and their control in Africa.

The most important nematode species in Musa production in Tropical Africa is Radopholus similis which is present in nearly all the dessert banana plantations (export market) and in many cooking

Differences in Pathogenicity to Banana (Musa Sp., Cv. Poyo) Among Isolates of Radopholus similis from Different Production Areas of the World

The existence of large biological variability among geographically separated populations of R. similis is confirmed, and isolates from Guadeloupe, Costa Rica, Kenya, and Ivory Coast significantly suppressed growth.

Black leaf streak of bananas in Fiji

SUMMARY Black leaf streak of bananas, caused by Mycosphaerella sp., prevented fruit of export quality forming and bunches maturing. Some infected leaves lived less than 50 days and were seldom

Geographical distribution of the two species Mycosphaerella musicola Leach (Cercospora musae) and M. fijiensis Morelet (C. fijiensis), respectively agents of Sigatoka disease and black leaf streak disease in bananas and plantains.

The current geographical distribution of the two species Mycosphaerella musicola Leach and M. fijiensis Morelet in the main banana production areas throughout the world is reviewed.

Biological Weed Control in Plantains (Musa AAB) with Egusi Melon (Colocynthis citrullus L.)

ABSTRACT The experiment investigated the effect of intercropping plantains with 2,500, 5,000 and 10,000 melons/ha on delayed weeding for 3, 5 and 7 months respectively after planting. The yield of

Radiation preservation of foods of plant origin. III. Tropical fruits: bananas, mangoes, and papayas.

  • P. Thomas
  • Biology, Medicine
    Critical reviews in food science and nutrition
  • 1986
The current status of research on the use of ionizing radiation for shelf life improvement and disinfestation of fresh tropical fruits like bananas, mangoes, and papayas and future prospects for irradiation of tropical fruits are discussed.