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International Crop Genetics for Bananas and Papaya

Banana Bunchy Top Virus (BBTV) has become a serious disease in Hawaii, limiting production of commercial banana clones since its appearance 30 years ago. A broadly based collection of banana germplasm was screened in field and greenhouse trials in 2012-2015 and research revealed productive clones with naturally occurring resistance to BBTV. Ongoing research at the University of Hawaii includes a replicated field trial to confirm the resistance, taste tests to determine consumer acceptability, and development of cloning methods to propagate the BBTV-resistant clones efficiently. The longer disease-free production window offered by the resistant clones will provide relief from BBTV to local banana growers.

NIFA supports this research with Hatch Act Funding.

Learn more about this project at NIFA’s Data Gateway.

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Farm Bill Priority Areas
Plant health, production, and products
U.S. States and Territories
Hawaii
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