New publication tackles the major challenges facing banana production

Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing are delighted to announce the publication of their new title – Achieving sustainable cultivation of bananas – Volume 2: Germplasm and genetic improvement. The book offers an authoritative discussion on the progress of identifying and broadening the genetic base for Musa species and reviews current conventional and molecular breeding techniques for breeding new varieties of banana. 

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The cover design for “Achieving sustainable cultivation of bananas – Volume 2: Germplasm and genetic improvement”.

This new title has been edited by world-renowned banana experts, Professor Gert Kema, Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands and Professor André Drenth, The University of Queensland, Australia.  

The book features an insightful chapter on overcoming the fertility crisis in bananas, written by a team of IITA scientists: Delphine Amah, Gil Gram, and Rony Swennen. 

After an introductory chapter that provides an overview of genetic improvement in bananas, the book is divided into three parts:  

  • Part 1: Classification 
  • Part 2: Broadening the genetic base 
  • Part 3: Genetic improvement through breeding 

Dr Brian IrishUSDA-ARS PGITRU, USA states that “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.” 

This new volume aims to be a standard reference and is accompanied by a companion volume of cultivation techniques 


Benefit from 20% off both books if purchased via the Burleigh Dodds website. Enter code BANANA20 at checkout to receive this discount.  Discount expires 31 January 2021. 

bananabanana varietiesIITA News no. 2565

Evans Samuel • 14th December 2020

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