Toward a global banana map

Banana production is threatened by diseases like Fusarium Wilt TR4, and will be increasingly impacted by global climate change. But, to really understand what is happening to global production we need an accurate map of where bananas grow. Lack of such fundamental information results in all research – be it on climate risks or the … Continue reading Toward a global banana map

Climate change impacts on bananas

Climate change could negatively impact banana cultivation in some of the world’s most important producing and exporting countries, our paper in Nature Climate Change shows. But, producers in Africa will continue to benefit until at least 2050. While many studies have looked at the impact of climate change on agricultural production, the effect rising temperatures … Continue reading Climate change impacts on bananas

PhD on Fusarium Wilt of Banana

Preparing for Fusarium Wilt of Banana in Latin America and the Caribbean We have a PhD position available on the SWBIO Doctoral Training Programme, on the threats facing banana production from Fusarium Wilt, a.k.a. Panama Disease. You can apply here: Main supervisor: Dr Daniel Bebber (University of Exeter) Second supervisors: Prof Sarah Gurr (University … Continue reading PhD on Fusarium Wilt of Banana


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Bebber Lab

MUSA -Microbial Uptakes for Sustainable management of major bananA pests and diseases is a 4-year, €4 million international project funded by the European Commission Horizon 2020 initiative.MUSA_logo

Fungal diseases, nematodes and weevils affect global banana production and therefore food security, causing huge annual losses across banana-producing regions. In regions such as Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) millions of farmers rely on cooking banana, plantain and ensete as starch staple food crops and for income. Pesticides no longer represent a sustainable option for control, and many have been progressively withdrawn from use in the EU or are highly restricted, due to harmful effects on the environment and toxic residues. In SSA, where phytosanitary policies and regulations are often less effective, such pesticides are still being (mis)used, posing a significant threat to vulnerable farmers and consumers. In the absence of long term strategies or suitable control methods, and under the influence of changing…

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